- Currently this page consists of two sections: links to some of the larger and more thoroughly organized sites which deal with the general topic of complexity theories and a category of web pages which focus on the educational implications of these theories.
This is not a comprehensive list. Many of these links lead to sites with extensive link pages and for those wishing to make an exhaustive search this set of links will make a fair start. Nor does this page attempt to track specialized work done in various disciplines which have a relationship to chaos and complexity theories. (Though that may be in its future; especially for those disciplines that bear directly on education.)
Broad Overview and Link Pages
- Internet Resources related to Principia Cybernetic
- An extensive, lightly annotated bibliography of web sites related to cybernetics and system theory. Topics include: Evolution, Philosophy, Alife, Cognitive Science, Complexity, Self-organization.
- Welcome to the Principia Cybernetica Web
- A conceptually sprawling website which contains a fair amount of strangeness as well as real gems. The organizers are attempting to build a comprehensive alternative to standard epistemological systems. Conscious of the historical roots of complexity.
- Complexity on Science Friday NPR
- An old but still interesting discussion of Complexity on Science Friday, a national public radio show. Includes an examination of the field by major players and a central critic. Requires a free real audio player.
- dynamics of multiagent systems
- A Xerox Parc working group archive. The page remarks: "Multiagent systems arise in human societies, biological ecosystems, the immune system and distributed computation."
- The Institute for Nonlinear Science
- A division at UCSD, includes link pages and a paper archive.
- RSBS Bioinformatics Group Homepage
- An academic biology site with a strong complexity cast. Specialized programs for download.
- Yahoo - Science:Complex Systems
- The hierarchical Yahoo page for Complex Systems.
- Santa Fe Institute
- The famous complexity center in New Mexico.
- The online access point for the journal "Complexity" published by Wiley. Includes a comprehensive table of contents and submission guidelines.
- Center for Complex Systems Research
- The University of Illinois complexity site. Some of the links appear to have died. A research group of the Beckman institute.
- Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
- The Beckman institute focuses on issues involving complexity across several disciplines. A site for the technically proficient. The Beckman institute supports a wide array of working groups; something for every interest.
- Complexity International
- An academic journal focusing on complexity; includes the text of articles.
- Complexity Virtual Library
- a set of references to information sources concerning complexity. Part of a larger project it has an unfinished and unpolished feel but may be useful for particular purposes.
- New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI)
- Centered in the Boston area. May be an especially rich source for folks interested in the management aspects of complexity theories but offers a wide range of interdisciplinary working groups.
Education & Complexity Theories
- Connected Mathematics
- At Tufts University. This node of the web will be of interest to educators who are interested in teaching through modeling, mathematics education, or in teaching about complexity itself. StarLogo is available through this site and required to fully explore the available downloads. See particularly the Extensible Models page which gives a flavor of the range of educational uses of the StarLogo language.
- Clemson Research Institute for the Study of Complex Social Systems (CRISCSO)
- A group at Clemson who are delving into the complexity and social systems realm with an emphasis on education.
- Connectionism (as a theory with relevance to Instructional Technology)
- A series of links to connectionist papers (emphasizing representation and the contrast with more standard learning theories) and other connectionist link pages. This page is part of a larger, very nicely organized instructional technology web. Its wide-ranging approach makes it useful beyond the bounds of IT.
rev. 4/10/99 sSTJ
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