Kyle Harper during his August 2022 visit to SFI. (image: Kate Joyce)

SFI Fractal Faculty member Kyle Harper, who joined SFI in August 2022, takes an unconventional approach to his studies of Roman history at the University of Oklahoma. With a long-held interest in physics, Harper brings a complex-systems lens to the study of the human past as he explores the rise of technologies, environmental change and constraints, and the spread of diseases. In July 2022, Harper sat down to talk with SFI President David Krakauer about his work. Below are clips from their conversation. 

A portion of this conversation was excerpted in the second issue of Extraterritorial.

View full video


Check out this and more interesting interviews and persepectives in the Winter 2023 issue of Extraterritorial, or peruse all of SFI's Newsletters.