Introduction to Complexity – free, online course starts today

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Introduction to Complexity – free, online course starts today

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox

The free and online course by the Santa Fe Institute, “Introduction to Complexity” (http://www.complexityexplorer.org), begins today. The purpose of this course is to help registrants learn about the tools used by scientists to understand complex systems. This is an introductory course and there are no math or other prerequisites.

To see if this course is right for you, take a look at this introduction on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fperjUYNjw&feature=youtu.be&t=87

Syllabus

  • What is Complexity?
  • Dynamics and Chaos
  • Fractals, Cellular Automatcourse a, and other units will be coming soon
  • Information, Order, and Randomness
  • Genetic Algorithms
  • Cellular Automata
  • Models of Biological Self-Organization
  • Models of Cooperation in Social Systems
  • Networks
  • Scaling in Biology and Society
  • Wrapping Up; Virtual Field Trip

About the Instructor:

Melanie Mitchell is Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, and External Professor and Member of the Science Board at the Santa Fe Institute.