emergence and chemistry....hmmm?
Submitted by BhumikaPatel on Tue, 2006-01-17 20:52
My understanding of emergence from Monday’s class is that it refers to how simple rules lead to complex patterns. It’s really interesting how this seemingly simple concept applies to so many different areas of study. Being a chemistry major, I began looking for evidence of emergence in the chemical world. I found a website that describes the similarities between The Game of Life and chemical synthesis. The similarity is that simple rules of interactions between molecules are used repeatedly to build very complex products. The website goes into a great detail about how chemical synthesis and The Game of Life have similar rules for “endgames” and how they differ. I am really excited to learn more about emergence and how it can be applied to computer science and chemistry!