Concept and Definition of Complexity

Concept and Definition of Complexity

Russell K. Standish (UNSW, Australia)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-717-1.ch004
OnDemand PDF Download:
$30.00
List Price: $37.50

Abstract

The term complexity is used informally both as a quality and as a quantity. As a quality, complexity has something to do with our ability to understand a system or object—we understand simple systems, but not complex ones. On another level, complexity is used as a quantity when we talk about something being more complicated than another. In this chapter, we explore the formalisation of both meanings of complexity, which happened during the latter half of the twentieth century.

Complete Chapter List

Search this Book:
Reset