InterJournal Complex Systems, 509
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [509]
Submission Date: 20324
Can there be a science of complex systems?
Author(s): Herbert Simon

Subject(s): CX.01

Category: Brief Article


I am going to argue that there can be such a science that the beginnings of one already exists|and I am going to try to sketch out some of its content, present and prospective. As you will see, the theory of complex systems is much concerned with the avoidance of complexity; or, to put the matter more precisely, the theory is concerned with how systems can be designed, by us or by nature, to be as simple as possible in structure and process for a given complexity of function. The task is to defeat complexity by removing it from mechanism.

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