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Complexity Explorer provides online courses and other educational materials related to complex systems science.  Complexity Explorer is an education project of the Santa Fe Institute, and was made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.  User contributions, the Santa Fe Institute and partner organizations are funding the project after the end of the John Templeton Foundation's initial funding.

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Fractals and Scaling

Course Dates:

19 Feb 2018 to 17 Apr 2018


David Feldman

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While our courses are instructor-led once per year, the rest of the year the course materials are there for you to learn with. All videos and quizzes are freely available.

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Deep, rich and real-world: Computation Theory with Joshua Grochow

16 Jan 2018

Dr. Joshua Grochow is no slouch – his robust CV lists him as a former Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow, current Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at CU Boulder and author or co-author of five published papers – all within 2017! In the midst of this bonkers schedule... Read more

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December update, and the End of 2017

27 Dec 2017

2018 Course Schedule

Many of you will be wondering what's coming in 2018 - we're happy to announce that all of our courses will be re-offered, and that Algorithmic Information Dynamics will launch.  At the same time, we'll be working hard to develop lots of completely brand new courses that will launch for the... Read more

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Podcast Ep 4: Microbes, Economies & Extinction with Dr. Eric Libby

04 Dec 2017

Dr. Eric Libby exposes the similarities between microbial colonies and human economies. While he can't take the heat, he can help us understand why multicellular life evolved, and why species that are too selfish doom themselves to extinction. 

Listen below, or follow the feed at ... Read more

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Boost Melanie Mitchell's Match this Giving Season & New Initiatives

28 Nov 2017

Give Melanie Mitchell and our team a hand! Help support Complexity Explorer’s mission of creating the ultimate home of complexity learning for all.

From November 28th through December 31st, we ask that you give back to Complexity Explorer.  

With your contributions this year so far of ... Read more

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From Inspiration of a Challenge to Results and Back (video)

17 Nov 2017

Let John Miller and Matt Koehler take you on a journey of discovery, following the inspiration for the first ever Complexity Challenge, through the results, in this video.  Did the participants solve traffic jams? Did they discover that sometimes it's better to go backwards? Curious about the... Read more

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