Within the framework of complex systems, the term "development" has a specific meaning: denotes a spontaneous dynamic process of self-creation, under the catalytic influence of the environment, where structures of increasing complexity are successively created according to a bottom-up recursive process (e.g. in the living systems: proteins tissues organs). The "development" saves information, as in each developmental phase different types of the system's structural units derive from the differentiation of already created types (basic type differentiation composition of the differentiated types). The development of the living organisms is referred to as "embryogeny".


Bar‑Yam Y., 1997, Dynamics of Complex Systems. Addison Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts, pp. 621-625


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