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Around the web (week of 9 June)


A more direct reason for trying to create a science of the complex is to get a handle on the limits of reductionism as a universal problem-solving approach.

Empirical dynamic modeling, by contrast, seamlessly incorporates new data and is always improving. Takens’ theorem works best when there are enough data points to make a dense attractor, making it easier to find times when a system’s present state is close to a past one. Any new data points will help users to see where a system is going to go next.

There was “a sense that medicine was all about business and all about money,” she says. “And that they were now consumers of health care rather than patients who had a doctor who cared for them – cared about them as well as cared for them.”