Just Say No

As I write this, a bailout for the U.S. automakers is winding its way through Congress.  The House has approved it; the Senate looks like it might vote against it.  An auto bailout elicits fierce passions: some people have no sympathy to Detroit due to decades of mismanagement; others claim a car company failure will… Continue reading Just Say No

Emerging Complexity

One of the most fascinating scientific developments of the past 20 years has been the emergence of the field of complexity.  With the advent of computers, scientists can now model massively complex systems – many of which tend to form from remarkably simple interactions. A case in point was revealed in a New York Times… Continue reading Emerging Complexity