I am slowly taking the Santa Fe Institute free online class on complexity, and one of the recommended readings for Unit 1 is a great 1948 article by Warren Weaver in American Scientist which can be found HERE . Weaver differentiates “disorganized complexity”, where problems with many variables can be analyzed using statistics and “organized complexity” where variables and interrelationships
cannot be fully understood using statistics. Weaver foresees the role of computers – barely existent in 1948 – in solving higher complexity problems. Wow!
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