IAS Annual Report 2014-15 - page 8

The emergence of new ideas and concepts characterises
thinking in all spheres, often with major effects. The
emergence of new theories is central to academic life,
whether relating to material ‘discoveries’ or to radical
changes in thought.
This theme considered ways to explore how and why
emergence occurs, to understand causality, emergent events
and their effects by bringing together diverse perspectives from
the social and physical sciences, the arts, and the humanities.
The theme of
encapsulated the core aims of the
IAS: by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and sharing the
distinct strengths of different approaches to research questions.
The following sections reflect on the ways in which the IAS, its
Fellows and collaborators engaged with the theme.
All publications emerging from IAS activities and further details
of the work of individual Fellows are also listed in this report.
Can mathematical knowledge inform instruction and
learning, particularly in the classroom?
What does it mean and how do we recognise emergence
in the human mind, in physical or chemical processes, or
in social, biological and ecological systems?
How stable and close to reality are model outputs when
near a tipping point?
The destructive potential of emergences - does the
emergence of something invariably result in the
destruction of something else?
How can we differentiate a tipping point induced by the
modelling process and a real tipping point?
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