"Science has explored the microcosmos and the macrocosmos; we have a good sense of the lay of the land. the great unexplored frontier is complexity."
Heinz Pagels, The Dreams of Reason
September 4-6, 2013
Topical Theme: Networks
Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown
This two-and-a-half day introductory course focuses on the science ofnetworks: a new field that studies common principles of complex networks across disciplines. Social and economic networks, food webs, the World Wide Web, and the power grid are examples of the kinds of systems that network science seeks to understand. In this course, taught by prominent Santa Fe Institute faculty and associates, you will learn the basic concepts and tools of this new science, and see several case studies of their application in diverse areas. You will also have the opportunity for discussion with the faculty and other participants about applications within your own areas of interest. You will come away with an understanding and appreciation of the importance of network science for biology, ecology, economics, business, human health, social life, and other pursuits.
This course is specifically designed for professionals, faculty, students and others who are curious to explore and apply ideas from network science. This course has no prerequisites and requires no specific math or science background. Examples of people who will particularly benefit from this course are managers and policy-makers in business, government, and non-profit organizations; industrial research and development staff; medical, social work, and education professionals; journalists; and university faculty and students in any area of science or social science.