Inaugural Elizabeth Gardner Lecture - Emergent collective behaviour and complexity
I will discuss the general problem of studying the emergent collective behavior of an assembly of a large number of agents in the framework of statistical mechanics showing a few examples. I will discuss how complexity emerges in that framework.
I will present my viewpoints on complexity stressing the importance of multiple equilibria; I will then recall the genesis of the concept of multiple equilibria in natural sciences.
Finally, I will describe my contribution to the development of this concept in the framework of statistical mechanics and I will briefly mention the cornucopia of applications of these ideas both in physics and in other disciplines.
This is a weekly series of webinars on theoretical aspects of Condensed Matter, Biological, and Statistical Physics. It is open to anyone interested in research in these areas..