The following is a collection of papers regarded as "classic" literature in Complex Systems Science. This list has been growing over the past few years and was formalized by Dan Rockmore for the 2010 Complex Systems Summer School.
For more suggested readings, please explore the wiki content of previous summer schools.
Waddington, C.H. 1942. Canalization of Development and the Inheritance of Acquired Characters. Nature 150:563-565.
Rosenblueth, A., and N. Wiener. 1945. The Role of Models in Science. Philosophy of Science 12 (4):316-321.
Shannon, C.E. 1948. A Mathematical Theory of Communication. Bell System Technical Journal 27:379-423 623-656.
Turing, A.M. 1950. Computing Machinery and Intelligence. Mind, New Series, 59 (236):433-460.
Turing, A.M. 1952. The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 237 (641):37-72.
Minksy, M. 1961. Steps Toward Artificial Intelligence. Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers 49 (1):8-30.
Landauer, R. 1961. Irreversibility and Heat Generation in the Computing Process. IBM Journal of Research and Development 5:183-191.
Arrow, K.J. 1962. The Economic Implications of Learning by Doing. Review of Economic Studies 80:155-173.
Kolmogorov, A.N. 1965. Three Approaches to the Quantitative Definition of Information. Problems of Information and Transmission 1 (1):1-7.
Raup, D.M. 1966. Geometric Analysis of Shell Coiling; General Problems. Journal of Paleontology 40 (5):1178-1190.
Neumann, J. V. 1966. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata. In Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata, edited by A. W. Burks. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Original edition, Fourth University of Illinois lecture.
Chaitin, G.J. 1966. On the Length of Programs for Computing Finite Binary Sequences. Journal of the ACM 13:547-569.
Conant, Roger C. and W. Ross Ashby. 1970. Every Good Regulator of a System Must be a Model of That System. International Journal of Systems Science 1 (2):89-97.
Anderson, P.W. 1972. More Is Different. Science, New Series 177 (4047):393-396.
Simon, H. 1973. The Organization of Complex Systems. In Hierarchy Theory, edited by H. H. Pattee. New York: George Braziller.
Bennett, C.H. 1973. Logical Reversibility of Computation. IBM Journal of Research and Development 17 (6):525-532.
Smith, J.M. 1974. The theory of games and the evolution of animal conflicts. Journal of Theoretical Biology 47 (1):209-21.
May, R.M. 1976. Simple Mathematical Models with Very Complicated Dynamics. Nature 261 (5560):459-67.
Holland, J.H., and J.S. Reitman. 1977. Cognitive Systems Based on Adaptive Algorithms. SIGART Newsletter (63):49.
Gould, S.J., and N. Eldredge. 1977. Punctuated Equilibria: the Tempo and Mode of Evolution Reconsidered. Paleobiology 3 (2):115-151.
Hopfield, J.J. 1982. Neural Networks and Physical Systems with Emergent Collective Computational Abilities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 79:2554-2558.
Wolfram, S. 1984. Universality and Complexity in Cellular Automata. Physica D 10:1-35.
Langton, C.G. 1986. Studying Artificial Life with Cellular Automata. Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena 22 (1-3):120-149.
Derrida, B., E. Gardner, and A. Zippelius. 1987. An exactly solvable asymmetric neural network model. Europhysics Letters 4 (2):167-173.
Gell-Mann, Murray and Seth Lloyd 2003. Effective Complexity. Santa Fe Institute Working Paper #03-12-069.
Last Updated for SFI CSSS11 Jan 5 2011