Synergetics is the general science of the spontaneous interaction between many components (molecules, cells, neurons, human beings) in complex systems. Accordingly, the applications of synergetics range from physics through chemistry and biology to psychology and sociology. Ultimately, synergetics describes aspects of the self-organisation of spatially and functionally ordered structures. Hermann Haken, the founder of synergetics, showed that only a few order parameters are needed to impose a structure upon a system.  In this context, one speaks of an “enslavement principle”. The stimulated emission of laser light is the best-known example of this.


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