What would be the best SE site to ask about topics from the book Complexity: the Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos?

There is a sort of 'complexity theory' in computer science but I think this is a different topic.

Book description helps to explain why this is a little hard to place...:

"Why did the stock market crash more than 500 points on a single Monday in 1987? Why do ancient species often remain stable in the fossil record for millions of years and then suddenly disappear? In a world where nice guys often finish last, why do humans value trust and cooperation? At first glance these questions don't appear to have anything in common, but in fact every one of these statements refers to a complex system. The science of complexity studies how single elements, such as a species or a stock, spontaneously organize into complicated structures like ecosystems and economies; stars become galaxies, and snowflakes avalanches almost as if these systems were obeying a hidden yearning for order.

Drawing from diverse fields, scientific luminaries such as Nobel Laureates Murray Gell-Mann and Kenneth Arrow are studying complexity at a think tank called The Santa Fe Institute. The revolutionary new discoveries researchers have made there could change the face of every science from biology to cosmology to economics. M. Mitchell Waldrop's groundbreaking bestseller takes readers into the hearts and minds of these scientists to tell the story behind this scientific revolution as it unfolds."

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You have a question about complex systems. This is a research field in Computer Science, and is different from "Big Oh" complexity theory.

We don't know what your question is, but the book sounds popular-scientific (with, apparently, an emphasis on "popular"). So it's presumably a theoretical question, making it on-topic on Theoretical Computer Science SE.

FWIW, that site also has a question about the difference between Complexity Theory and the study of complex systems.

Make sure your question is well researched and shows some understanding of the basics - cstheory.SE has a high bar, or so I've been told.

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