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Number 13 - December 2010

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In this edition of the newsletter:

* An Inspiring Gift
* Localizing Signatures of Catastrophic Failure (LOCAT)
* Critical phenomena and collective behaviour of multi-particle complex
systems (Complex Matter)
* Emergence and Evolution of Biological Symbol Systems (EvoSym)
* Simulating the emergent impact of regulations across cultures (Semira)
* News and Announcements
* Reading snippets
* Conferences and workshops
* Jobs
* Contacts

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Editorial - An Inspiring Gift
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Benoît Mandelbrot left us one of the most inspiring gifts one can ever
imagine: "Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines
are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in
a straight line." (in The Fractal Geometry of Nature, 1982). His
visionary way of looking to natural phenomena, but also to human
pursuits, such as music, painting, architecture, and stock market
prices, allowed going much beyond traditional explanations proposed by
Euclidean geometry. Fractal geometry, and his contributions to chaos
theory, will surely influence complex systems research for longtime.

As promised last month, our December issue will continue presenting
the exciting and about to start Complexity-NET projects. Localizing
Signatures of Catastrophic Failure (LOCAT) considers a catastrophe as
an emergent phenomenon that is due to complex interactions at
different scales, and proposes a ‘systems perspective’ to address this
scales. Taking another perspective, Critical phenomena and collective
behaviour of multi-particle complex systems (Complex Matter) focus on
particles at a very small scale, leading to spontaneous pattern
formation at the large scale, bridging the gap between quantum
mechanics and the macroscopic world.

Emergence and Evolution of Biological Symbol Systems (EvoSym) looks
forward to understand the emergence and evolution of biosemiotic
systems, such as genetic coding (DNA-protein), RNA editing, or cell
signaling.

Simulating the emergent impact of regulations across cultures (Semira)
tackles the issue of how the same regulation can have different
impacts in different countries of the European Union, and studies the
case of smoking in bars, which has been banned across the EU.

All this, and much more, you will be able to find in your
newsletter. Have a nice time reading it.

-- The ASSYST Team

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