Complexity Explorer Santa Fe Institute

Course Syllabus

Complexity and Recursion

This course will investigate the mechanisms and notions that underlie the complex behavior so common in the natural world and discuss fundamental answers. It will be argued how interaction and recursion are two essential mechanisms, and how complex systems can lead to emergent phenomena that defy an atomic explanation. After completing this course, you will have a deep understanding of complex systems, emergent phenomena and the workings of computational devices. It will be clear why the principles behind complex behavior need not be complicated, that we can understand why ant or bee colonies can perform their astonishing feats and that one of the great challenges of 21st century science is the discovery of universal laws of complexity.

National University of Singapore
Frederick H. Willeboordse
Complex Systems, Emergence, Cellular Automata, Networks, Fractals, Chaos, Modeling, Agent-Based Modeling