Emergent patterns in nature and society


“One doesn’t get credit for the projects that get started but for the ones that get finished”

– César Hidalgo


Social influence vs. homophily

“If you see a crowd of people all put up their umbrellas at the same time, you don’t assume that social influence is responsible”  – Max Weber



Butterfly effect

“… systems may exhibit either periodic or irregular behavior when there is no obviously related periodicity or irregularity in the forcing process” – Lorenz