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Russ Abbott
California State University, Los Angeles
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    Emergence Explained: Abstractions: Getting Epiphenomena to Do Real Work.Russ Abbott - 2006 - Complexity 12 (1):13-26.
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  2. The Reductionist Blind Spot.Russ Abbott - 2008 - Complexity 14 (5):10-22.
    Can there be higher level laws of nature even though everything is reducible to the fundamental laws of physics? The computer science notion of level of abstraction explains how there can be.
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  3. The Bit (and Three Other Abstractions) Define the Borderline Between Hardware and Software.Russ Abbott - 2019 - Minds and Machines 29 (2):239-285.
    Modern computing is generally taken to consist primarily of symbol manipulation. But symbols are abstract, and computers are physical. How can a physical device manipulate abstract symbols? Neither Church nor Turing considered this question. My answer is that the bit, as a hardware-implemented abstract data type, serves as a bridge between materiality and abstraction. Computing also relies on three other primitive—but more straightforward—abstractions: Sequentiality, State, and Transition. These physically-implemented abstractions define the borderline between hardware and software and between physicality and (...)
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    Putting Complex Systems to Work.Russ Abbott - 2007 - Complexity 13 (2):30-49.
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    Complex Systems Engineering: Putting Complex Systems to Work.Russ Abbott - 2007 - Complexity 13 (2):10-11.
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