5. Complexity Theory Guide

This guide is designed as a synthesis of the many different perspectives and approaches to complexity theory. The aim here is primarily to communicate the central concepts in complexity theory and provide an intuitive understanding for complex systems. This should enable readers to be able to understand and communicate in a few words what complexity is and the key features to complex systems. After much time spent reviewing the literature on the subject, we identify four basic interpretations to the theory of complexity that forms the structure to this guide.