Cascades of failure and extinction in dynamically evolving complex systems

  title={Cascades of failure and extinction in dynamically evolving complex systems},
  author={Paul Ormerod},
  booktitle={SPIE International Symposium on Fluctuations and Noise},
  • P. Ormerod
  • Published in
    SPIE International Symposium…
    5 June 2006
  • Computer Science
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