The Santa Fe Institute has jumped into the massive open online course game, launching “Introduction to Complexity” run by Melanie Mitchell, a professor of computer science at Portland State University and author of Complexity: A Guided Tour. The Santa Fe Institute has done lots of interesting work over the years in complexity, chaos, and emergent systems. One thing I’ve always liked about them is their cross-disciplinary tendencies. They thrive on getting people from diverse disciplines together.
The course itself looks to be pretty interesting and starts February 4th if you want to sign up. I don’t expect it to be fundamentally philosophical, but it will likely provide lots of good stuff to think about. Below is the lecture outline.
|1. What is Complexity?||7. Modeling Social Systems|
|2. Dynamics, Chaos, and Fractals||8. Networks|
|3. Information, Order, Randomness||9. Scaling|
|4. Cellular Automata||10. Cities as Complex Systems|
|5. Genetic Algorithms||11. Virtual Field Trip; Final Exam|
|6. Self-Organization in Nature|