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Binder introduces concept of “dynamical frustration”

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Date: Friday, April 18, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Dr. Philippe M. Binder, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, has published an article arguing that the crucial common feature of complex systems is the simultaneous existence of opposing trends that cannot defeat each other.

In the April 18, 2008 issue of Science, Binder introduces the concept of “dynamical frustration,” a division of three manifestations addressing geometrical, computational and multiple-scale processes.

That is a departure from commonly accepted theories that hold that complex systems – such as the brain, computers, ecosystems, the stock market, the immune system, weather, and other phenomena which display the ability to evolve or adapt – are driven by cooperating behavior among components.

According to Binder, work continues to further unify the manifestations of dynamical frustration and quantify its existence.

For more information, contact Binder (808) 974-7650 or

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