Complexity Explorer Santa Fe Institute

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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 Dynamical Systems and Chaos (Fall, 2017)

Course Dates:

04 Sep 2017 to 21 Nov 2017


David Feldman

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Nonlinear Dynamics: Mathematical and Computational Approaches (Fall 2017)

Course Dates:

04 Sep 2017 to 19 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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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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November: A Month of Reflection and Development

09 Nov 2017

Complexity Explorer HQ (the porch-facing office in SFI) is digging deep and hitting our projects hard this fall in anticipation of a 2018 full of course development and new content. Read on to see what we have in store for you in November - a new swag shop, a new studio, new Green Chile Science, a chance to join us... 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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Podcast Ep 3: Culture, Mutants & Your Mom with Dr. Vanessa Ferdinand

08 Nov 2017

Dr. Vanessa Ferdinand explains the evolution of culture, art, and language amidst a sea of spice in episode 3 of the Green Chile Science podcast hosted by Paul Hooper.  Listen to the episode to see how this researcher of cultural evolution fared with the hottest green chile you can find in... Read more

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