# Team:ETH Zurich/project/background

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+ + + + + + === "The whole is more than the sum of its parts" ''Aristotle'' === === "The whole is more than the sum of its parts" ''Aristotle'' === Emergence describes how novel properties can arise from lower-complexity parts, where these properties are not observed.[[Team:ETH_Zurich/project/references#refEmergence|[12]]] This phenomenon is wide-spread in nature. One straight-forward example is water: from the molecules of H2O, which are here considered as simple subparts, we are able to consider the liquid "water" at a higher level of complexity, with properties such as viscosity, pressure, transparency... Emergence describes how novel properties can arise from lower-complexity parts, where these properties are not observed.[[Team:ETH_Zurich/project/references#refEmergence|[12]]] This phenomenon is wide-spread in nature. One straight-forward example is water: from the molecules of H2O, which are here considered as simple subparts, we are able to consider the liquid "water" at a higher level of complexity, with properties such as viscosity, pressure, transparency...

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