Complexity Explorer Santa Fe Institute


Course Update

ASU-SFI Master's Update Summer 2018

03 Jul 2018

Excited for the online masters in complexity science? We thought we'd update you on our progress! 

We are diving deep into filming, aiming for 6 courses filmed by the end of the year.  At this point we have determined a tentative course list, with more to come, and are pushing for a likely Spring 2019... Read more


April's Complexity News: So Much New Content!

30 Apr 2018

Now a solid grip into the year, we here at the Santa Fe Institute are gearing up for the summer. That means desert weather and many visitors to the institute, both of which we all love. Be sure to check back in with us throughout the season for extra interviews, features about our in-person programs and other... Read more


February's News: Planning and Preparing for a Big Spring

26 Feb 2018

February: A month of energy storage and preparation for us in the Northern Hemisphere. Read on, intrepid Explorers, to see what we've been up to and what we're planning for this Spring!



If you’re a long time Complexity Explorer, you know how much... Read more


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


December update, and the End of 2017

27 Dec 2017

2018 Course Schedule

Many of you will be wondering what's coming in 2018 - we're happy to announce that all of our courses will be re-offered, and that Algorithmic Information Dynamics will launch.  At the same time, we'll be working hard to develop lots of completely brand new courses that will launch for the... Read more


Boost Melanie Mitchell's Match this Giving Season & New Initiatives

28 Nov 2017

Give Melanie Mitchell and our team a hand! Help support Complexity Explorer’s mission of creating the ultimate home of complexity learning for all.

From November 28th through December 31st, we ask that you give back to Complexity Explorer.  

With your contributions this year so far of ... Read more

Profile Update

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


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


October Announcements: Settling in with a good MOOC

06 Oct 2017

Two Courses Now in Session

Want an intensive learning experience? We have two classes in session you can blitz through to earn a certificate! Liz Bradley's Nonlinear Dynamics: Mathematical and Computational Approaches and Dave Feldman's Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos... Read more


September announcements: Master's, Challenges, Courses, T-shirt Design & Podcast

05 Sep 2017

There are some months when it feels like nothing much is happening on Complexity Explorer, as we churn away creating new content and initiatives.  Then, there are months when there is so much to tell our enthusiastic complexity learners we just don't know where to start! This... Read more


Order from Chaos in August

05 Aug 2017

Course Updates

Calling all lovers of chaos, dynamical systems and all things nonlinear! Enrollment is open for two of Complexity Explorer's MOOCs: Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos - perfect for getting your feet wet - and Nonlinear Dynamics: Mathematical and Computational Approaches - perfect for diving deeper.  ... Read more


July brings new ventures and features

15 Jul 2017

Green Chile Science Podcast

A brand new venture from the Santa Fe Institute's Director of Education, Dr. Paul Hooper, the Green Chile Science podcast features interviews with SFI researchers in an unusual setting: the Horseman's Haven Café in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The catch: Paul and his guests have to... Read more


Dynamic New Tutorial in June

15 Jun 2017

New Dynamic Games Tutorial

Dr. Justin Grana has finished putting together part II of Dr. Grana's tutorial series on Game Theory: Dynamic Games.  Read a bit more about why he thinks Dynamic Games are so exciting in our latest interview with him here. As Justin says,  the normal form game is just a way to get... Read more


May Update: Agent-based Modeling and More

11 May 2017

Course Updates

Have you been waiting to jump into a session of Agent-based Modeling guided by Bill Rand? Wait no longer! Enrollment is open for the course, which starts June 5th.  With this course you'll gain a deeper understanding of how and when to use agent-based models, and you'll get a chance to build... Read more


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


Intro to Complexity, Game Theory, and more in March

17 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


February brings Fractals

06 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


Farewell 2016 and preview of 2017

23 Dec 2016

Looking back

In 2016, we offered you four courses and seven tutorials, introduced a peer-review system for project evaluation, added private messaging to the forums, increased our resources, syllabi and glossary terms, opened the virtual laboratory with the first series on fractals, and continued to work to keep the website... Read more


December 2016 at Complexity Explorer: Giving, Projects, Courses and More

02 Dec 2016

Give back in December and help us earn our $4000 promised match

As 2016 closes, we want to thank all of our supporters who have contributed with donations, tuition, or buying t-shirts. Thank you as well to those who donated their time creating subtitles for our courses.  Thanks also to... Read more


October Update: Virtual Lab, Intro to Complexity, & More

03 Oct 2016

Course & Tutorial Updates

Melanie Mitchell's Introduction to Complexity is now live, so if you have been thinking of signing up, now is the perfect time!  Share the course with your network and encourage someone new to learn about complex systems today.

Introduction to Agent-based Modeling... Read more


Peer Review, Nonlinear Dynamics, Private Messaging and More

09 Sep 2016

Course Updates

The courses keep on coming! Liz Bradley's excellent course, Nonlinear Dynamics: Mathematical and Computational Approaches, is now live! Professor Bradley and her TA Jessica Petty will be guiding a new batch of students through the course.  If you haven't taken this course... Read more


August Update

02 Aug 2016

Course Updates

It is finally here - our Introduction to Agent-based Modeling course with Bill Rand launched August 1st! The first unit is completely free and will give you a taste of what Agent-based modeling is and why people use it.  If you haven't enrolled, now's your chance to join!

Over 1300 students have enrolled and so far over... Read more


June / July Update: Courses, courses, courses

27 Jun 2016

Course Updates

Your patience is paying off - our courses are starting up again, including our brand new Introduction to Agent-based Modeling with Bill Rand! We will have a course starting every month for four months.  

In July, we start with Dave Feldman's fantastic Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos,... Read more


April/May Update: The calm before the storm

13 May 2016

Getting ready for summer

Have things seemed a bit slow on Complexity Explorer lately? Like a swift current under a calm ocean surface, there's more going on here than you may think.  We are working on some major developments that we can't talk about just yet, but will be very exciting.  Many of these... Read more


February-March 2016 Update

21 Jan 2016

Time for Tutorials

Here at Complexity Explorer we have been focusing on our math tutorials.  Our offerings have grown quite a bit in a year and we are not planning on slowing down.  In December we released the Vector and Matrix Algebra tutorial with Anthony Rhodes, which has a wide applicability to many fields in... Read more


December Donation Challenge Results

01 Jan 2016

During the month of December, every dollar you donated was matched by another dollar from an anonymous donor, up to $4,000. We reached our goal on December 28th, 2015, and by January 1st, 2016 we raised $7,805 + our $4,000 match

With $11,805 raised, we can cover the cost of ten new tutorials!

Thank you to the ... Read more


January 2016 Update

31 Dec 2015

December Donation Challenge a Resounding Success

We are overwhelmed at the generosity of Complexity Explorer's supporters.  In December, fifty four of you decided to donate funds to help us continue achieving our goals.  Our goal was to match a $4000 anonymous donation with $4000 raised by you.  We are delighted to announce... Read more


December 2015 Update

02 Dec 2015

Give back in December

2015 is reaching an end and we are looking forward to next year - read on below to see more about the courses we will be offering in 2016! There are some familiar faces, and some exciting newcomers as well.  We also have a new story featuring three supporters of Complexity Explorer, and a challenge for you all to... Read more


November 2015 Update

02 Nov 2015

New on our homepage:   The Web of Life and the Ecological Human 

Connor O'Neil summarized Santa Fe Institute faculty member Jen Dunne's Public Ulam Lecture Series held in Santa Fe. Check it out for some fascinating insights into her research, great graphics, and a link to the full lectures on video.   

Course... Read more


October 2015 Update

07 Oct 2015

New on our homepage:   Sid Redner Q&A on Random Walks 

We interviewed Random Walks tutorial instructor Sid Redner.  Find out from him what you can learn when you take his Random Walks tutorial, and also what's so seductive about the arcsin law.  You can read his interview here, and take his course here... Read more


September 2015 Update

25 Aug 2015

New on our homepage:   Liz Bradley and Dave Feldman Q&As 

We interviewed Nonlinear Dynamics course instructor Liz Bradley, and Fractals and Scaling course instructor Dave Feldman.  According to Liz, complex systems and nonlinear dynamics are two sides of the same coin.  Scaling behavior, covered in Dave's... Read more


Website Update: Tutorials

06 Aug 2015

Changes to our web pageTutorials are now separate from each other

If you logged on to work on units from "Mathematics for Complex Systems" today, you may have noticed some big changes.

Each unit is now its own, separate tutorial.  If you have been working through the units, you will have been enrolled in every... Read more


August 2015 Update

03 Aug 2015

New on our homepage:   Connor O'Neil describes a Complexity Panel

A thought-provoking glimpse into the inner workings of the Santa Fe Institute's Complex Systems Summer School.

Course updates:  New fall courses open for enrollment

Enrollment Open:  We are delighted to announce that Elizabeth Bradley's... Read more


July 2015 Update

06 Jul 2015

New on our homepage:   Simon DeDeo talks about his MaxEnt tutorial:

Find out how MaxEnt can help you distinguish the truly complex from what is just complicated

Course Open:  Introduction to Complexity is live starting today!  Over 2,000 people have enrolled.  It's not too late to sign up; spread the word and... Read more


June 2015 Update

05 Jun 2015

New article, tutorial, course announcement, new staff member and website changes.  Read on for more.


New on our homepage:   The Accidental Universe:

A Summary of Alan Lightman's recent SFI Community Lecture.

New mathematics tutorial:  Maximum Entropy Methods, taught by Simon DeDeo (Indiana University and Santa Fe... Read more


April 2015 Update

21 Apr 2015

April 21, 2015


New!  Ties that bind: The goodness of social networks

A summary of Alex "Sandy" Pentland's recent SFI Community Lecture.

Course updates:

Introduction to Complexity will be (re)offered starting on July 6, 2015.  Enrollment is now open!

Agent-Based Modeling in Netlogo has been postponed to Fall,... Read more


March 2015 Update

12 Mar 2015

March 12, 2015


New!  Interview with Luis Rocha

We talk with complex systems scientist Luis Rocha of Indiana University about his work on networks, and about Indiana's new Network Science Institute:  Read more here.

Mathematics Tutorials

We are still working on two new tutorial units (it always takes longer than you... Read more


Spring 2015 Update

02 Mar 2015

Spring, 2015

Happy Spring to all!  You may have noticed that we are not offering any courses during Spring 2015.  We are using this time to produce our Mathematics tutorials, to add content to our Resources and Glossaries list, and to finally publish entries in the Virtual Laboratory.  In the meantime, all our course materials... Read more


February 2015 Update

03 Feb 2015

New!  Tutorials:

We are offering a new kind of educational resource:  a tutorial.  A tutorial is like a course, except that its units are relatively independent, and it does not have a start or end date, and is available indefinitely.   Anyone can enroll at any time.  The units are entirely... Read more