CS4 Talk: Dr Rachel Armstrong

On Wednesday 30th January, Dr Rachel Armstrong from the the University of Greenwich gave the CS4 talk “A Hitchiker’s Guide to Complexity”


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  1. Complexity repeatedly yields this question: why numerous static spatial manifestations of the golden ratio (in both nature & culture)? They evidently are the static condensates of dynamical energy, matter and information flows that are best described (in response to Ilya Progogine’s belief that fractals were coinicidental to his dissipative far-from equilibrium systems), by Professor Adrian Bejan’s Constructal law’s behaviours.
    The answer (therefore one of the key codes of Complexity), is that Constructal law describes these flows as optimal and analogical, as tree-shaped.
    The archetypal and fundamental, underlying dynamical geometrical signature of these temporal flows are in turn described by the dynamical symmetries of the Asynsis principle, which are actually golden ratio signatures in time.

    Such a temporal, dynamic synthesis is unprecedented as the golden ratio has hitherto only been described in static, spatial, non-temporal, non-irreversible terms.

    Constructal law describes nature’s behaviours – the Asynsis principle describes the archetypal geometrical signatures of those behaviours, which are indeed, golden ratio-based.
    The reason? The golden ratio is optimisation and analogy exemplified. Evolved currents flow most easily when following a golden ratio, Asynsis principle path in space – and also in time.
    PhiStatics are derived from PhiDynamics. (Nigel Reading RIBA, AD Magazine, Architecture & Film issue, 1995)
    PhiStatics occurs thanks to a new design law of Nature, Consciousness and Culture in the Asynsis principle-Constructal law.
    For how evolutionary design emerges analogically, optimally from entropy – for how Form follows Flow, please refer to:

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