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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 was made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.  User contributions, the Santa Fe Institute and partner organizations are funding the project after the end of the John Templeton Foundation's initial funding.

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Fractals and Scaling

19 Feb 2018 UTC - 17 Apr 2018 UTC

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2018: Fractals and Scaling, Plus Two New Tutorials

23 Jan 2018


     A new year brings new content and some big goals for engagement and growth of our Complexity Community. Read on to see what you can learn, and how we can grow together. 


Fractals and Scaling, Dr. David Feldman’s course boasting both... Read more

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Course Interview

What's so special about Fundamentals of Machine Learning?

19 Jan 2018

Artemy Kolchinsky and Brendan Tracey are research partners working in scientific applied Machine Learning. 
It's an area that's generated a lot of press and excitement, and in advance of releasing their upcoming tutorial, Fundamentals of Machine Learning, we sat them down to get to why... Read more

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Course Interview

Deep, rich and real-world: Computation Theory with Joshua Grochow

16 Jan 2018

Dr. Joshua Grochow is no slouch – his robust CV lists him as a former Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow, current Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at CU Boulder and author or co-author of five published papers – all within 2017! In the midst of this bonkers schedule... Read more

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Podcast Ep 4: Microbes, Economies & Extinction with Dr. Eric Libby

04 Dec 2017

Dr. Eric Libby exposes the similarities between microbial colonies and human economies. While he can't take the heat, he can help us understand why multicellular life evolved, and why species that are too selfish doom themselves to extinction. 

Listen below, or follow the feed at ... Read more

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