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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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Nonlinear Dynamics: Mathematical and Computational Approaches (Fall 2017)

Course Dates:

04 Sep 2017 to 31 Dec 2017


Liz Bradley

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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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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. 

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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.  

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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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To all students: Has Complexity Explorer Improved Your Life?

16 Nov 2017

As the end of 2017 approaches, it’s time for Complexity Explorer HQ  to pause and reflect on our most valuable asset: you

Complexity Explorer students are some of the most engaged online learners out there, with a course completion rate almost twice that of other... Read more

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The Inaugural Complexity Challenge: from UAVs to checkers and back

08 Nov 2017

The Complexity Challenges offer an unparalleled opportunity for individuals wanting to flex their complexity knowledge muscles experience the vertigo and thrill of rigorous, creative and collaborative problem solving that is at the core of the best research emerging from the Santa Fe... Read more

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