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On the universality of mesoscience: Science of 'the in-between'

Li, Jinghai, Huang, Wenlai, Edwards, Peter P., Kwauk, Mooson, Houghton, John T. and Slocombe, Daniel Rhys ORCID: 2013. On the universality of mesoscience: Science of 'the in-between'. [Online]. arXiv. Available at:

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The universality of mesoscales, ranging between elemental particles and the universe, is discussed here by reviewing widely disparate fields and presenting four cases, at differing hierarchical levels, from chemistry, chemical engineering, meteorology, through to astronomy. An underpinning concept, “Compromise in competition”, is highlighted between various dominant, but competing mechanisms, and is identified here to be the universal origin of complexity and diversity in such examples. We therefore advance this as a key underlying principle of an emerging science — Mesoscience. One Sentence Summary: Compromise in, and between, competing mechanisms is identified as the universal origin of complexity and diversity, and forms the core of Mesoscience.

Item Type: Website Content
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Submitted
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Publisher: arXiv
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 11:09

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