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Before the advent of quantum mechanics in the early 20th century, most scientists believed that it should be possible to predict the behavior of any object in the universe simply by understanding the behavior of its constituent parts. For instance, if one could write down the equations of motion for every atom in a system, it should be possible to solve those equations (with the aid of a sufficiently large computing device) and make accurate predictions about that system’s future. However, there are some systems that defy this notion. Consider a living cell, which consists mostly of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen along with other trace elements. We can study these components individually without ever imagining how combining them in just the right way can lead to something as complex and wonderful as a living organism! Thus, we can consider life to be an emergent property of what is essentially an accumulation of constituent parts that are somehow organized in a very precise way. This course lets you explore the concept of emergence using examples from materials science, mathematics, biology, physics, and neuroscience to illustrate how ordinary components when brought together can collectively yield unexpected, surprising behaviors. Note: The fractal image (Sierpinkski Triangle) depicted on the course home page was generated by a software application called XaoS 3.4, which is distributed by the Free Software Foundation under a GNU General Public License. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Explain the difference in assumptions between an emergent versus reductive approach to science. 2. Explain why the reductivist approach is understood by many to be inadequate as a means of describing and predicting complex systems. 3. Describe how the length scale used to examine a phenomenon can contribute to how you analyze and understand it. 4. Explain why the search for general principles that explain emergent phenomena make them an active locus of scientific investigation. 5. Discuss examples of emergent phenomena and explain why they are classified as emergent....
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Section
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Welcome - Let's Get Started

In this module we'll introduce the concept of emergence and provide an orientation to how this course will proceed. ...
Reading
3 vidéos (Total 13 min), 3 lectures
Video3 vidéos
Video Introduction: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - Part 1 min
Video Introduction: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - Part 21 min
Reading3 lectures
Welcome Message10 min
Course Overview10 min
Thank you to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center!2 min

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Section
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3 heures pour terminer

The Mystery of Foam

Can a substance be both a solid and a liquid? In this module we’ll take a close look at our first emergent phenomena, complex fluids....
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 28 min), 2 lectures, 2 quiz
Video4 vidéos
Video: The Mystery of Foam12 min
Video: Foam and Sand10 min
Video: Sand Demonstration2 min
Reading2 lectures
Module Overview10 min
Further Reading: Emergent Phenomena10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Module 2 Quiz10 min

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Section
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Chaotic Dynamics

Are seemingly random events truly random? In this module, we'll examine ways that deterministic processes can produce the appearance of randomness....
Reading
7 vidéos (Total 56 min), 2 lectures, 2 quiz
Video7 vidéos
Video: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - Chaos Part 21 min
Video: Introduction to Chaotic Dynamics4 min
Video: What causes chaotic behavior?15 min
Video: The principles of chaotic dynamics9 min
Video: Chaotic Dynamics and Fractals9 min
Video: Don Saari Interview14 min
Reading2 lectures
Module Overview10 min
Further Reading: Web Resources on Chaotic Dynamics and Fractals10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Module 3 Quiz12 min

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Section
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4 heures pour terminer

Pattern Formation and Systems Biology

Have you ever wondered why tigers have spots and leopards have spots? This module helps to explain how these and other patterns form in nature....
Reading
8 vidéos (Total 69 min), 2 lectures, 2 quiz
Video8 vidéos
Video: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - Pattern Formation Part 22 min
Video: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - Pattern Formation Part 31 min
Video: Patterns in One Dimension14 min
Video: Turing12 min
Video: How Plants Grow11 min
Video: Fred Wan Interview13 min
Video: Jun Allard Interview9 min
Reading2 lectures
Module Overview10 min
Further Reading: Web Resources on Biological Pattern Formation10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Module 4 Quiz8 min
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Meilleurs avis

par JEJan 9th 2018

An excellent explanation of a daily growing matter of science and research. I encourage everyone interested in a groundbreaking view of science, to take this course.

par RVMay 8th 2017

i enjoyed all the different modules. I recommend they add more explanation to the chaos game assignment.

Enseignants

Michael Dennin

Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
Physics; Office of Teaching and Learning

Jun Allard

Assistant Professor
Mathematics

Donald Saari

UCI Distinguished Professor of Economics and Mathematics
Economics; Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences

Andrea Nicholas

Lecturer PSOE
Neurobiology & Behavior

Fred Y.M. Wan

Professor
Mathematics

Siddharth A. Parameswaran

Assistant Professor
Physics and Astronomy

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