Science Pub Portland - Empirical Theater at OMSI

Date: Oct. 21, 2014 Time: 7-9pm (doors open at 5pm) Located at: Empirical Theater at OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland
Who is this for: All ages Cost: $5 suggested donation

Science Pub Portland - Empirical Theater at OMSI

How Can the Study of Complexity Transform Our Understanding of the World?
with Melanie Mitchell, PhD, professor of computer science at Portland State University and external professor at the Santa Fe Institute
As science probes the nature of life, society, and technology ever more closely, what it finds there is complexity. The sophisticated group behavior of social insects, the unexpected intricacies of the genome, the dynamics of economic bubbles and crashes, and the self-organized structure of the World Wide Web---these are just a few examples of complex systems that still elude scientific understanding. Comprehending such systems seems to require a wholly new approach, one that re-maps long-standing disciplinary boundaries.
In this talk, computer scientist and award-winning author Melanie Mitchell will present examples that illustrate how the interdisciplinary field of complex systems science is discovering common principles underlying different natural and technological systems.
Melanie Mitchell is Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Her most recent book, Complexity: A Guided Tour (Oxford, 2009), won the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award. It was also named by as one of the ten best science books of 2009, and was long-listed for the Royal Society's 2010 book prize. Melanie directs the Santa Fe Institute's Complexity Explorer project, which offers free online courses and other educational resources related to the field of complex systems.

Science Pub-Emprical Theater is a monthly event open to everyone. No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!

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