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Prof. em. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. mult. Hermann Haken: Center of Synergetics

Activities of the Center of Synergetics

Synergetics is an interdisciplinary field of research that was founded by Hermann Haken in 1969.  Synergetics deals with complex systems that are composed of many individual parts (components, elements) that interact with each other and are able to produce spatial, temporal or functional structures by selforganization. In particular, synergetics searches for general principles governing selforganization irrespective of the nature of the individual parts of the systems that may belong to a variety of disciplines such as physics (lasers, luids, plasmas), metereology, chemistry (pattern formation by chemical reactions, including flames), biology (morphogenesis, evolution theory) movement science, brain activities, computer sciences (synergetic computer), sociology (e.g. city growth) psychology and psychiatry (including Gestalt psychology).

The present research activities focus on brain theory and psychology.

Haken is editor of the Springer Series in Synergetics.