Growth of complex systems can be related to the properties of their underlying determinants

M. A. Savageau

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

72 Scopus citations


Growth - increase in size, number, or amount - in many cases appears to follow simple empirical laws. Such laws have been noted in a wide variety of fields for many years. Until now these laws have never been related to the underlying determinants of these systems. By starting with fundamental properties of the component mechanisms in such systems, one can derive a basic growth equation for which the well-known laws of growth are special cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5413-5417
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General
  • Genetics

Cite this