Complexity Explorer Santa Fe Institute

dissipative structure

A dissipative structure is an organized structure in open systems which are operating far-from-equilibrium exchanging
energy and matter with outside environment. A dissipative system is characterized by the spontaneous appearance of symmetry breaking and the formation of complex, sometimes chaotic, structures.

A whirlpool is a dissipative structure requiring a continuous flow of matter and energy to maintain the form.



Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Emergence