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About Tangible Networks

Tangible Networks (TN) is a public engagement project stemmed in the Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences (BCCS) to help communicate ideas from complexity. Many complex systems are studied using network models and TN is a network of interconnected units that can run these models. Each TN unit has a microcontroller running the model and can flash in different colours. The user can directly influence the behaviour of the network by changing the way units are connected and adjusting parameters of individual nodes.


Complexity is the study of systems which are made up of simple parts, where interactions between the parts may lead to emergent and unexpected behaviour of the whole system. A classic example of complexity is flocking birds, where each bird behaves in a simple manner with respect to its neighbours, but the flock moves as one entity.

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