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Structural sciences

General description

The structural sciences are the disciplines that describe the general, universal structures of the real world. As cutting-edge sciences of the 21st century, they contribute to our understanding of complexity – in Nature, in technology and in society.

Modern structural science is the epitome of a mathematical science that embraces all stages and forms of experienceable reality. Its universal character is manifest, at the very least, in its applications, in which the traditional borders between natural and artificial, living and inert, man and machine are seen to dissolve.

Alongside the classical disciplines such as information theory, cybernetics, systems theory and game theory, the “pure structural sciences” include numerous new disciplines such as synergetics, complexity theory and network theory. At the centre of the “applied structural sciences” we find the phenomena of life itself. Accordingly, the applied structural sciences reach from bionics, through synthetic biology and neuroinformatics, to robotics, socionics and structural economics.








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