Fireflies, Heart Beats, and the Science of Sync – Neuroscience News
“The perplexing feature of these particular states is that the Rockettes in our metaphor can only see their nearest neighbor, yet manage to be coordinating with their neighbor’s neighbor,” says lead author Matthew Matheny, a research scientist at Caltech and member of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute.
“We didn’t know what we were going to see,” says Matheny. “But what these experiments are telling us is that you can get complexity out of a very simple system. This was something that was hinted at before but not shown experimentally until now.”
“These exotic states arising from a simple system are what we call emergent,” says Roukes. “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”