Complexity and Systems Thinking
- Complexity science history in graphical form:
- Chaos Theory documentary from the BBC (part 1 of 6):
- Simple explanation / illustration of complexity science in practice by Dave Snowden: “How to organize a children’s party“:
- Blog post on network theory and natural systems:
Complexity & Systems Thinking
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