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This is incredible. New university or new course each day :)

Santa Fe Institute will be launching a series of MOOCs (Massive Open On-line Courses), covering the field of complex systems science. Our first course, Introduction to Complexity, will be an accessible introduction to the field, with no pre-requisites. You don't need a science or math background to take this introductory course; it simply requires an interest in the field and the willingness to participate in a hands-on approach to the subject. In this ten-week course, you'll learn about the tools used by complex systems scientists to understand, and sometimes to control, complex systems. The topics you'll learn about include dynamics, chaos, fractals, information theory, computation theory, evolution and adaptation, agent-based modeling, and networks. You’ll also get a sense of how these topics fit together to help explain how complexity arises and evolves in nature, society, and technology. Introduction to Complexity will be free and open to anyone. The instructor is Melanie Mitchell, External Professor at SFI, Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, and author of the award-winning book, Complexity: A Guided Tour. The course will begin in early 2013.

asked 31 Oct '12, 04:43

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edited 06 Nov '12, 02:02

Would somebody please up-vote this topic, so we can test the system? (I can't revote.) See for details.
(06 Nov '12, 02:23) EllenL EllenL's gravatar image
Works fine without the apostrophe.
(06 Nov '12, 07:50) robrambusch ♦ robrambusch's gravatar image
And @akrocks got a nice boost in karma, too. Thanks, up-voters.
(06 Nov '12, 17:12) EllenL EllenL's gravatar image

Anyone read her (Melanie Mitchell's) book Complexity: A Guided Tour? It was interesting, but frustrating as well: it seems we need an Einstein to come along with new mathematical tools and insights to progress the field.

Anyway I'm stoked that MM will be teaching a class. Thanks akrocks for bringing this to our attention!


answered 31 Oct '12, 08:51

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A course syllabus page has now been put up. Launch date is given as January 28, 2013

Oh, and I wonder what the "Course field trip" could be about?


answered 14 Nov '12, 00:20

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Their initial offering 'Intro to Complexity' is now live at


answered 05 Feb '13, 12:19

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