Per Bak

Danish physicist (1948-2002)

Per Bak (December 8, 1948October 16, 2002) was a Danish theoretical physicist who coauthored the 1987 academic paper that coined the term "self-organized criticality."


  • Perhaps our ultimate understanding of scientific topics is measured in terms of our ability to generate metaphoric pictures of what is going on. Maybe understanding is coming up with metaphoric pictures.
    • Per Bak (1996). How Nature Works: the science of self-organized criticality. Springer. ISBN 0387947914. 

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