Homeokinetics: A Physical Science for Complex Systems

@article{Soodak1978HomeokineticsAP,
  title={Homeokinetics: A Physical Science for Complex Systems},
  author={Harry Soodak and Arthur S. Iberall},
  journal={Science},
  year={1978},
  volume={201},
  pages={579 - 582}
}
A physical basis for reductionism is put forth in the form of five propositions that bridge levels of organization in natural phenomena. The outlook is that complex systems and processes all have to be traced back to physical law, which applies the only general scientific constraint on reality, but that out of physical law a hierarchy of organization emerges. The basic extension of normal physics in this homeokinetic field form is to complex systems. In such systems the repetitive units of… 

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