Inequality, climate change, financial crises: New economics textbook puts complex concerns at its CORE
The Economy, a new SFI-inspired textbook, is published in paperback format and as a free, online interactive text. The book aims to address the gap between complex, real-world economic problems and the topics traditionally taught in first-year economics courses.
On September 12, 2017, SFI and Thornburg Investment Management co-hosted a panel discussion to explore the possibilities for advancing our understanding of economics through the ideas and tools of complexity science. Watch the talk here.
Video: SFI Community Lecture - The Future of the Planet: Life, Growth and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies
Distinguished Professor Geoffrey West presented the origin of scaling laws and their compelling implications for explaining everything from the lifecycles of companies, to a grand unified theory of sustainability on August 29, 2017. Watch his talk here.
SFI Maya Working Group meets for fifth time to produce a second book.
Cells compete for nutrients. Political campaigns compete for voters. According to new research published in Nature Scientific Reports, general principles may begin to explain how differing strategies play out where groups compete for resources.
SFI's free online course, Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos with College of the Atlantic professor David Feldman, begins September 4. Topics to be covered include: phase space, bifurcations, chaos, the butterfly effect, strange attractors, and pattern formation.
A team led by SFI postdoctoral researcher Laurent Hébert-Dufresne asks under what conditions a Zika outbreak might be sustained where mosquitos play no role.
Farley Ziegler, Tim Jenison, and SFI Professor Jessica Flack presented an SFI Community Lecture on painting and optics in the 17th Century and a screening of Tim's Vermeer at The Lensic Performing Arts Center on August 1.
Groups of interconnected nodes, called “communities” or “modules,” represent real-world relationships like friend groups on Facebook, businesses in a supply chain. A new paper addresses the challenge of identifying whether, and ultimately where, these structures exist within a mass of data.
In a fresh look at 20th-century philosopher-economist Friedrich Hayek, three authors note how the Nobel laureate’s work exemplifies complexity economics. They also show how his political support of laissez faire economic policies needn’t necessarily follow.
In a recent paper published in Global Ecology and Biogeography, SFI External Professor John Harte, SFI Omidyar Fellow Andy Rominger, and Erica Newman, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona, suggest that a theory independent of mechanistic drivers, such as sunlight, can accurately describe the distribution of species in a forest.