On the Slaving Principle
Synergetics has been founded by Hermann Haken in 1970 as a new scientific discipline [1,2]. Synergetics introduces a unified point of view to open systems which are composed of many subsystems. These systems show the ability of spontaneous self-organization on macroscopic scales. As a result of self-organization processes we may observe highly ordered spatial, temporal, or spatio-temporal patterns, or coherent functioning of these systems. If, for example, we characterize the subsystems through a length scale ℓ and assume that a typical length of the composed system is provided by L, the hierarchy between different scales may be expressed in the form ℓ≪ L.
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