Complexity science is part of a fairly loosely connected field of developing sciences that includes chaos, emergence, self-organization, and network theory. This interactive map of complexity science provides a good overview of various fields/disciplines. I do have a few issues with the map, however. First, complexity science, according to the map creator, incorporates many emerging sciences. While this makes for a concise map, a few elements are not quite accurate. Network theory, for example, is a distinct field of study that should not be subsumed wholly into complexity. Chaos theory as well. Secondly, the map seems incomplete in several areas. Chaos theory ends in 1980′s and doesn’t include mention of work by Steven Strogatz’s work on synchronization and chaos (though he is referenced in the network science portion of the diagram). Small criticism of what is a useful overview map.
It is nice to see people like Barry Wellman mentioned in the development of networks. I’ve encountered a few videos and articles recently that explore the science of networks as being only a decade old and driven by mathematics, when in reality, sociologists like Wellman and Granovetter have been exploring the field for decades.