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Fractals and Scaling (Winter, 2017)

Course Dates:

13 Feb 2017 to 17 Apr 2017


David Feldman

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February brings Fractals

6 Feb 2017

Join David Feldman on his journey through the fascinating world of fractals and their relationship to power laws and scaling by enrolling in his highly-rated course Fractals and Scaling, starting February 13th.  Help us spread the word - let everyone in your networks know about this course and convince a few to enroll! If you've... Read more

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Farewell 2016 and preview of 2017

23 Dec 2016

Looking back

In 2016, we offered you four courses and seven tutorials, introduced a peer-review system for project evaluation, added private messaging to the forums, increased our resources, syllabi and glossary terms, opened the virtual laboratory with the first series on fractals, and continued to work to keep the website... Read more

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Stories from the Agent-based Modeling MOOC

19 Dec 2016

What do climate change, human demographics, consumer choices, invasive species, entropy, voter dynamics, and social inequality have in common? They are all subjects of projects created by students for the Introduction to Agent-based Modeling course, which launched for the first time on Complexity Explorer in June... Read more

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Celebrating our subtitle volunteers

29 Sep 2016

On International Translation Day 2016, Complexity Explorer would like to highlight the selfless and important work carried out by our team of subtitle volunteers.  Since 2014, we have been encouraging our users to help us improve the language accesibility of our courses by donating their time.  503 individuals have... Read more

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Dr. Annalee Newitz's lecture: The Urban Species: How Domesticated Humans Evolved /
6 Apr 2016

Can an ancient city give us clues to the future of our species in megacities?  Journalist Annalee Newitz was in Santa Fe to give a community lecture regarding the transition our species took as it went from hunter-gatherer to living in permanent dwellings.  Annalee... Read more

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