About The Author

Yaneer Bar-Yam is an American physicist, systems scientist, and founding president of the New England Complex Systems Institute. He received his B.S. degree in 1978 and his Ph.D. degree in 1984, both in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bar-Yam studies the unified properties of complex systems as a systematic strategy for answering basic questions about the world. His research is focused both on formalizing complex systems concepts and relating them to everyday problems.

Fixing Science Using A New Science Of Science

How do we understand and learn about the world? By gathering information. If we perform enough experiments and write down what happens, eventually we should be able to understand how everything works. This approach seems logical, and it is the basis of most science, particularly biology, psychology, and social sciences. It underlies much of the

How We Describe Complex Systems To Solve Global Dilemmas

Society faces many challenges from individual health to global financial crises, food shortages, disease outbreaks, and ethnic violence. These issues are highly complex. The reason why we have so much trouble addressing them is actually rooted in a basic mathematical problem: How can we identify the important information—the information that determines effective interventions—in a large