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A short review of complexity research from the perspective of history and philosophy of biology is presented. Complexity and its emergence has scientific and metaphysical meanings. From its beginning, biology was a science of complex systems, but with the advent of electronic computing and the possibility of simulating mathematical models of complicated systems, new intuitions of complexity emerged, together wIth attempts to devise quantitative measures of complexity. But can we quantify the complex?fatcat:rx63n4rtajchfnghczed4xgbpa