Will a Large Complex System be Stable?

  title={Will a Large Complex System be Stable?},
  author={R. May},
  • R. May
  • Published 1972
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Nature
Gardner and Ashby1 have suggested that large complex systems which are assembled (connected) at random may be expected to be stable up to a certain critical level of connectance, and then, as this increases, to suddenly become unstable. Their conclusions were based on the trend of computer studies of systems with 4, 7 and 10 variables. 
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