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Complexity and the Arrow of Time by Charles H. Lineweaver, Paul C.W. Davies, Michael Ruse

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1 What is complexity? Is it increasing?

C. H. Lineweaver, P. C. W. Davies and M. Ruse

One of the principal objects of theoretical research is to find the point of view from which the subject appears in the greatest simplicity.

(Gibbs, 1881)

Most people don't need to be persuaded that the physical world is bewilderingly complex. Everywhere we look, from molecules to clusters of galaxies, we see layer upon layer of complex structures and complex processes. The success of the scientific enterprise over the last 300 years largely stems from the assumption that beneath the surface ...

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