Just a few of the images I’m writing about in the section on complexity from the first chapter. Some illustrations from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, Ernst Haeckel’s radiolarians, and the Mandelbrot set. From the chapter:
Technology, and indeed nearly advance in every natural field, has served continually reinforce not only that we live in a world that is made of complexity, but also that it behaves in a complex way. Whether we examine the inner workings of our bodies and systems, or whether we look, at any scale, at the behavior and activity of other animals, we can see clearly that complex groups and entities interact through highly complex means, which can, and must, be studied in several ways at a time in order to understand them properly.
It seems, in general, that complexity is a pervasive and substantive function of the construction of our universe that is well preserved at every level and every scale. Simplicity is not the norm, nor is it anything more than an illusion created by the brain to maintain our ability to deal with a complex environment. But from this basis alone our investigation of complexity is still incomplete.