The reason I was late at Kenneth Arrow …

Brian-Arthur … was Brian Arthur. We`ve met at Palo Alto Research Center; a premier source of innovation and scientific research for technology companies. Previously Xerox PARC. During our conversation Brian became to me some kind of »middleware« between complexity theory and economics. Thanks for the lesson, Brian!

(Dear reader, if you are interested in, just listen to the attached podcast).

To me our meeting was one these rare events you are always looking for as a journalist. I really enjoyed talking to you, Brian!


Brian Arthur is External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and Visiting Researcher in the Intelligent Systems Lab at PARC. He is best known for his pioneering theoretical work on positive feedbacks or increasing returns in the economy – what happens when products that gain market share find it easier to gain further market share – and their role in locking markets in to the domination of one or two players. Arthur is also one of the pioneers of the science of complexity – the science of how patterns and structures self-organize. In 1988 he ran the Santa Fe Institute’s first research program. He is currently writing a book on the nature of technology and of innovation.

From 1983 to 1996 Arthur was Morrison Professor of Economics and Population Studies at Stanford. He holds degrees in operations research, economics, mathematics and electrical engineering. He won the Schumpeter Prize in Economics in 1990, and is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the World Economic Forum.

He is a frequent keynote speaker.

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