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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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Fractals and Scaling (Winter, 2017)

Course Dates:

13 Feb 2017 to 17 Apr 2017


David Feldman


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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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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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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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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