Bring the Santa Fe Institute to you

Complexity Explorer is your online gateway into an exciting world seen through the prism of complexity, led by the Santa Fe Institute’s network of renowned faculty. Access an ever-growing resource of massive open online courses and tutorials designed to aid you in joining our global network of complex systems scientists.

From the novice wanting to learn what complexity is, to the experienced research professional seeking a new approach, SFI’s Complexity Explorer will provide you with the frameworks, tools, and applications you need to become a Complexity Scholar. 

Complexity Explorer is a web-based repository of educational materials related to complex systems science. Developed by researchers and educators at SFI and around the world, Complexity Explorer offers:

  • online courses
  • an extensive complex systems glossary
  • easily searchable databases of syllabi and other resources
  • a Virtual Laboratory of open-source simulation programs illustrating complex systems ideas, theories, and tools
  • curricula designed for both teachers and independent learners who want to take advantage of the simulations in the Virtual Laboratory


All course materials and resources of the Complexity Explorer website are open to anyone.