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Q & A with Sam Scarpino - Developments in Disease Surveillance

9 Nov 2015

This story forms part of a series of interviews highlighting the work of experts in the field of complex systems science. Dr. Sam Scarpino is an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and an alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute’s 2010 Complex Systems Summer School. He will soon be joining the... Read more


November 2015 Update

1 Nov 2015

New on our homepage:   The Web of Life and the Ecological Human 

Connor O'Neil summarized Santa Fe Institute faculty member Jen Dunne's Public Ulam Lecture Series held in Santa Fe. Check it out for some fascinating insights into her research, great graphics, and a link to the full lectures on video.   

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The Web of Life and the Ecological Human: In Summary

13 Oct 2015

Over the course of two nights in September, SFI’s Vice President for Science Jennifer Dunne presented two talks on the broad topic of “The Web of Life” to the public of Santa Fe. Her talks, titled “The Hidden Order of Complex Ecosystems” and “The Ecological Human,” were... Read more

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Sid Redner on his Introduction to Random Walks tutorial

17 Sep 2015

In this post we interview Sid Redner, the instructor for our new tutorial on an Introduction to Random Walks. Sid is a physicist and Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.  Prior to joining the Santa Fe Institute as part of the resident faculty, Sid was Professor in the Boston University Physics... Read more

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Liz Bradley brings back Nonlinear Dynamics

22 Aug 2015

Liz Bradley, the course instructor for Nonlinear Dynamics, takes a few minutes to describe her course, the changes she has made in this second offering of the course, and a little bit about her current research.  Liz Bradley is Professor at the University of Colorado, Department of Computer Science and... Read more

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Nonlinear Dynamics: Mathematical and Computational Approaches (Fall 2015)

Course Dates:

1 Sep 2015 to 1 Dec 2015


Liz Bradley


Calculus (derivatives), physics (introductory classical mechanics), and computer programming skills (language of your choice).

About the course:

This course provides a broad introduction to the field of nonlinear dynamics, focusing both on the mathematics and the computational tools that are so important in... read more

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Check out our many tutorial offerings

Tutorials are short “mini-courses” designed to introduce students to important techniques and to provide illustrations of their application in complex systems. A given tutorial is not meant to offer complete coverage of its topic or substitute for an entire course on that topic.

Tutorials differ from our courses in a several ways:

  • They are always available; there is no set time to complete them.
  • They have quizzes and homework, but no tests. Tutorials do not offer a grade or a.... Read more

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