In a new paper in Nature Communications, three SFI-affiliated researchers describe a trio of paradoxical dynamics that can arise in simple microbial economies. The paper looks at just one type of scenario: a self-sufficiency model where two types of microbes are producing goods that are valuable to both themselves and others.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B features SFI research in its latest themed issue on innovations
On Tuesday, October 17, Manfred Laubichler led a panel discussion on the unprecedented ways in which human activity has shaped the planet. Watch the panel discussion here.
The newly-established SFI Press is pleased to announce the publication of its first volume, History, Big History, & Metahistory.
In his new book, The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy, SFI External Professor Scott Page traces a causative path to the benefits that emerge when people possessing a variety of “cognitive repertoires” come together to think, solve, and create.
In the Middle Ages, did contracting leprosy necessarily increase a person's chances of dying? Yes, says a new paper. But it's complicated.
In a two-part lecture series in Santa Fe on September 25-26, economist John Geanakoplos explored why it is that out of all economic variables, debt causes the most trouble. Watch part one of his talk here and part two here.
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.
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.
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.