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Understanding Complexity (The Great Courses) By Scott E. Page,

  • Title: Understanding Complexity (The Great Courses)
  • Author: Scott E. Page
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  • Page: 382
  • Format: DVD
  • Recent years have seen the introduction of concepts from the new and exciting field of complexity science These concepts including tipping points moments when unique phenomena become commonplace and emergence the idea that new structures can emerge unexpectedly from complex systems have captivated the attention of economists, sociologists, engineers, business peRecent years have seen the introduction of concepts from the new and exciting field of complexity science These concepts including tipping points moments when unique phenomena become commonplace and emergence the idea that new structures can emerge unexpectedly from complex systems have captivated the attention of economists, sociologists, engineers, business people, and many others Interest in these intriguing concepts is widespread because of the utility of this field Complexity science can shed light on why businesses or economies succeed and fail, how epidemics spread and can be stopped, and what causes ecological systems to rebalance themselves after a disaster In fact, complexity science is a discipline that may well hold the key to unlocking the secrets of some of the most important forces on Earth But it s also a science that remains largely unknown, even among well educated people Now you can discover and grasp the fundamentals and applications of this amazing field with Understanding Complexity Professor Scott E Page one of the field s most highly regarded teachers, researchers, and real world practitioners introduces you to this vibrant and still evolving discipline In 12 lucid lectures, you learn how complexity science helps us understand the nature and behavior of systems formed of financial markets, corporations, native cultures, governments, and What Makes a System Complex What defines a system as complex, as opposed to being merely complicated The answer lies in the presence of four factors A population of diverse agents, all of which are Connected, with behaviors and actions that are Interdependent, and that exhibit Adaptation Understanding Complexity is filled with insights not only into the systems around you, but into yourself as well For example, you discover how your own consciousness is perhaps the ultimate example of a complex system, as billions of neurons coalesce and communicate to create the mystery of awareness Similarly, your own local city is another pointed example of a complex system, with its storefronts, trash collection schedules, police activity, and that organize themselves into the patterns and rhythms that make life in your particular area entirely different from life in another Then there are the financial markets, business sectors, global regions, ecological and climatic systems, and all complex systems that you work with or are affected by daily Understanding these and other complex systems is important for several reasons They re often unpredictable They sometimes produce events with global ramifications They re remarkably robust and can withstand substantial trauma and variation Most important, however, are the stakes, which, in a modern world so interconnected that the links between systems are often invisible, are far different from what they once were Our social, economic, and political worlds are complex than they were years ago, and they may become too complex for us to understand unless we develop new ways of seeing and thinking about them From a pragmatic perspective, we have no choice but to take an interest in complexity, notes Professor Page at the start of the course Like it or not, we live in complex times, and there is little or no sign of the complexity abating Discover New Tools for Understanding While modern decision making theory has long been the canonical tool for guiding choices in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors, complexity science takes it a step further and provides us with a useful model for understanding and determining what to do in these complex systems Understanding Complexity shows you how the ideas and tools made possible by complexity science such as agent based computer modeling, which builds a complex system for individual agents can effectively take on those problems that decision making theory cannot In one of the many illuminating examples Professor Page uses throughout the course, he reveals how such a model showed architects how a change in the shape of a ballroom with its doors on two opposite walls from a square to a long rectangle with the doors on two opposite walls made it much less likely that people fleeing a fire would jam the doorways The narrower shape encouraged people to approach the doors straight on instead of at a sharp angle Learn a New Way to See the World Professor Page maintains an active involvement with the Santa Fe Institute, the interdisciplinary think tank recognized as the nerve center of complexity theory research, and his depth of knowledge in, and passion for, complexity science shines through in each of these 12 lectures Designed to be both a comprehensive and accessible gateway into the world of complexity science, the course features nearly 40 two and three dimensional computer graphics and a variety of highly illustrative thought experiments to say nothing of the teaching skills that have earned Professor Page several awards and a career as a national speaker By the conclusion of Understanding Complexity, you ll have attained a new lens through which to better view, understand, and make sense of your world While the systems you explore in this course will continue to remain complex, the science behind them will attain a startling new level of clarity.
    Understanding Complexity The Great Courses Recent years have seen the introduction of concepts from the new and exciting field of complexity science These concepts including tipping points moments when unique phenomena become commonplace and e

    One thought on “Understanding Complexity (The Great Courses)”

    1. Brilliant lecture series by my mentor and friend, Scott Page Lots of clear examples and a great lesson in good writing teaching too.

    2. Good DVD course on complexity theory I need to do reading to better understand the differences between complexity theory, chaos theory and game theory.

    3. This video lecture series gave an interesting introduction to complex systems, which may include many diverse phenomena such as economic systems, evolutionary systems, internet systems, etc What they have in common is that they have a number of nodes or agents which are diverse, connected, interdependent and adaptable Such complex systems are able to change in unpredictable ways, because their parts change in response to each other Think of the economic landscape in which businesses try to succe [...]

    4. Disappointing course Possibly the most worthless Teaching Company course I have ever taken Twelve lectures seemed unnecessary the course could have just as well retained its core ideas by having six lectures or below Many things covered were superfluous pointless like going over the definitions of variance and standard deviation, as if it were a course in stastistics or math The only thing I found interesting is the model on the three kinds of landscape and the framework of complexity.

    5. This is a College Course on CD by TheTeachingCompany This is another introduction to complexity that make the daily commute very enjoyable Dr Page s perspective is to describe landscapes as simple, rugged, or dancing The latter is the name for emergent behavior that occurs in complex systems Its a different perspective on complexity and can enhance your understanding of this field as you continue through Dr Mitchell s SFI course on Complexity.

    6. Only gave it four stars because the video added fairly little extra to the course, while increasing the price dramatically.A great introduction into complexity science, which is sadly very short, as 12 lectures are hardly enough to scratch the surface of the topic Having said that, the lecturer offers a very versatile set of tools for understanding and describing situations with, which can be applied to lots of different scenarios.Pick it up

    7. Great introduction to Complexity and Chaos Theory and the general concepts of randomness and predictability A twelve lecture series and yet still only a teaser of some of the mysterious phenomena Professor Page is animated and passionate in his lecturing, but on the other hand I was a little underwhelmed with production values compared to similar TTC courses, and it could have been tighter as a summary of Complexity.

    8. This was a good course, but it could have used illustrations It s involved enough that I m going to go through it again.I m especially interested in the concept of self organized criticality It s an explanation for large events, such as the mortgage meltdown and the ongoing sovereign debt crisis.Time to watch this again.

    9. 3.5 5It s interesting introduction about how to look, deal and measure a complex system where the ground and high point continuously shifting as for lecturer he s bit fun and keep you interested

    10. Fantastic introduction to complexity it is long, intense, but lighthearted and accessible for someone willing to concentrate and has some appreciation for thinking differently.

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