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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 is funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and by user contributions.

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Introduction to Complexity (Spring, 2017)

Course Dates:

10 Apr 2017 to 30 Jun 2017


Melanie Mitchell

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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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April Showers of Complexity

14 Apr 2017

New session of Introduction to Complexity now open

Time to head over to the Introduction to Complexity MOOC if you haven't already.  The course is now live with over 1600 students enrolled. This course is perfect to give you an exciting overview of what Complexity is, and to prepare you to launch into our many other... Read more

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Alice in Renormalizationland

13 Apr 2017

In this story, we talk to Simon DeDeo, an assistant professor in the School of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, and the instructor of the new Introduction to Renormalization tutorial on Complexity Explorer.

Give us some background on Renormalization Theory... Read more

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Intro to Complexity, Game Theory, and more in March

16 Mar 2017

New session of Introduction to Complexity starting soon

It's the world's best Science MOOC, according to Class Central - Introduction to Complexity is here once more to thrill and capture new students wanting to dip their toes (and then dive headfirst) into the world of complex systems science.... Read more

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Competition, Cooperation and Game Theory

16 Mar 2017

In advance of his upcoming two-part tutorial, we asked instructor and Santa Fe Institute postdoctoral researcher Justin Grana about the subject matter, applications, and excitement of Game Theory. 

What is game theory and what are you covering in this tutorial?

Game theory is the standard quantitative tool... 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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