from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An attempt or tendency to explain a complex set of facts, entities, phenomena, or structures by another, simpler set: "For the last 400 years science has advanced by reductionism ... The idea is that you could understand the world, all of nature, by examining smaller and smaller pieces of it. When assembled, the small pieces would explain the whole” ( John Holland).
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- n. an approach to studying complex systems or ideas by reducing them to a set of simpler components
- n. any of several theories holding that complex systems or ideas can always be reduced to a set of simpler components
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a theory that all complex systems can be completely understood in terms of their components
- n. the analysis of complex things into simpler constituents
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