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The emergence of emergence

Using chemical intuition often allows one to predict what might transpire on throwing a batch of chemicals into a beaker, but sometimes the unexpected can occur. Bruce C. Gibb discusses how you define an 'emergent phenomenon', recognizing that it's not a simple exercise and can actually be different for each of us.

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Gibb, B. The emergence of emergence. Nature Chem 3, 3–4 (2011).

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