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  • Emergent Character of the Laws of Nature and Hierarchical Structure of Science

  • Monday, April 11, 2016 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
    LWSN B134
    Purdue University

    Presented by Jozef Spalek, Professor of Physics, Department Head, Condensed Matter Theory and Nanophysics, Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Poland.

    Abstract: In my talk I shall introduce the original concepts of P.W. Anderson about emergent behavior of many-particle (many-element) systems, as well as try to discuss qualitative vs. quantitative aspects of physical characterization of the complex systems.

    On concrete examples, I shall try to enlighten what is the origin of the emergent behavior: competition of various interactions, information exchange within the elements, etc. The talk is elementary, just a view of a physicist about some philosophical aspects of our concrete concepts.