Terrorism, Nonlinearity & Complex Adaptive Systems

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 23, 2002

Terrorism, Nonlinearity & Complex Adaptive Systems: "The events on 11 Sep 2001 were a tragic, but decisive, reminder of the emergence of a formidable new kind of 'enemy' in the world; an enemy that is widely dispersed, decentralized and whose many destructive parts are autonomous, mobile, and highly adaptive. The need for developing new complex systems theory inspired analytical tools and models for understanding the dynamics of this threat (and for providing insights into how to combat it) has never been greater."