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As we were at pains to point out in the companion volume to this mo- graph, entitled Complexity in Chemistry: Introduction and Fundamentals, complexity is to be encountered just about everywhere. All that is needed forustoseeitisasuitablytrainedeyeanditthenappearsalmostmagically in all manner of guises. Because of its ubiquity, complexity has been and currentlystillisbeingde?nedinanumberofdifferentways. Someofthese de?nitions have led us to major and powerful new insights. Thus, even in the present monograph, the important distinction is drawn between the - terpretations of the concepts of complexity and complication and this is shown to have a signi?cant bearing on how systems are modeled. Having said this, however, we should not fail to mention that the broad consensus that now gained acceptance is that all of the de?nitions of complexity are in the last analysis to be understood in essentially intuitive terms. Such de?nitions will therefore always have a certain degree of fuzziness as- ciated with them. But this latter desideratum should in no way be viewed as diminishing the great usefulness of the concept in any of the many scienti?c disciplines to which it can be applied. In the chapters that are included in this monograph the fact that differing concepts of complexity can be utilized in a variety of disciplines is made explicit. The speci?c d- ciplines that we embrace herein are chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and ecology. Chapter 1, “On the Complexity of Fullerenes and Nanotubes,” is wr- ten by an international team of scientists led by Milan Randic.



Chapter 1. On the Complexity of Fullerenes and Nanotubes

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Milan Randić, Xiaofeng Guo, Dejan Plavšić, Alexandru T. Balaban

Chapter 2. Complexity and Self-Organization in Biological Development and Evolution

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Stuart A. Newman, Gabor Forgacs

Chapter 3. The Circle That Never Ends: Can Complexity be Made Simple?

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Donald C. Mikulecky

Chapter 4. Graphs as Models of Large-Scale Biochemical Organization

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Pau Fernández, Ricard V. Solé

Chapter 5. Quantitative Measures of Network Complexity

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Danail Bonchev, Gregory A. Buck

Chapter 6. Cellular Automata Models of Complex Biochemical Systems

5. General Summary
The linkage between complex, dynamic systems and cellular automata is made quite clear in this monograph. The dynamic portrayal of many phenomena has been shown to mirror reality in several important ways among the studies described. We aver that cellular automata belongs on the pantheon of methods of probing, modeling and even predicting events associated with complex systems, emerging phenomena and hierarchical patterns.
Lemont B. Kier, Tarynn M. Witten

Chapter 7. The Complex Nature of Ecodynamics

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Robert E. Ulanowicz


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