Self Organized Criticality

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You may have heard about experiments on the sand pile, or otherwise seen Per Bak's work on so-called self-organized criticality (SOC). But what is it?

During a dinner conversation the other night, it seemed that my lit-review knowledge of the concepts might be of help to some people. Things that could be covered:

  • what does it mean for a system to be critical?
  • why do systems not usual stay here?
  • so what is SOC?
  • when do I know when I've got SOC?
    • fractals and power spectra
    • separation of time-scales
  • how does SOC relate to Complex Systems? Is it the answer to a unified theory of Complex Systems?
  • some comments/criticisms of SOC

Interested? Sign below

Thanks, Simon (Room 21 Calliope)

Yeah! Mike (SUITE 5)

I'd be interested. --James (Calliope 24 Penthouse Suite)

for sure, cheers dan (poly25)

I'm also interested! Fred (Calliope 23)

elise filotas

This sounds good. ->Josh


great - John_Mahoney (poly 12)


Definitely - Chris