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课程概述

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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RV

May 08, 2017

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

ST

Jul 02, 2017

It's a good course to get acquainted with first hand information about studies in emergent phenomena

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1 - Emergent Phenomena in Science and Everyday Life 的 25 个评论(共 30 个)

创建者 John H

Jan 05, 2019

Very good none technical introduction to emergent phenomena.

创建者 Bart S

Jun 22, 2016

outstanding, do it again!

创建者 sandipan t

Jul 02, 2017

It's a good course to get acquainted with first hand information about studies in emergent phenomena

创建者 Shaurya P S S

Aug 06, 2017

Awesome

创建者 Bernd S

May 12, 2017

It's really a good course because it consists of not too big chunks of information, small enough to get a grip on. Great overview of many completely different fields of science where emergence plays a role. A deeper insight of especially how the brain creates these emergent phenomena would be interesting but of course it's off course ;-), because that would be whole different session.

创建者 Philip H

Nov 13, 2017

Great class and mentally stimulating.

创建者 Niraj K N

Apr 30, 2016

Provide more examples of Physics.

创建者 Ramprashanth V

May 08, 2017

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

创建者 Geo L

Jul 20, 2016

Excelent course, I recomend it!

创建者 Patrick C

Jun 18, 2016

This class acted as an excellent overview of a wide variety of topics. The focus was on breadth rather than depth. I would have loved to go more in depth, but I think that is a limitation of the format and lack of mathematical prerequisites for the course. The professor interviews were some of the best material included!

创建者 JOHN Q

Feb 22, 2016

Nice Course. Thanks.

创建者 José C E

Jan 09, 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.

创建者 Adnan A

Oct 09, 2017

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创建者 Thiago S d S

Jun 07, 2018

Excellent entry-level course on the subject.

创建者 Suman J

Jun 30, 2019

Exceptional Course

创建者 Chi L L

Feb 06, 2019

A very good course in introducing advanced concepts in a simple way and have performed the spirit of multidisciplinary research very well.

创建者 Mario A

Jan 04, 2017

All the topics are quite interesting and surprising (and I mean every one of them), but all are treated like popular science with little insight. I had to read elsewhere to fully understand some topics such as reaction-difussion systems. All in all, I wish there was a version of this course for those of us who have no fear of mathematics.

创建者 Joy S

Feb 21, 2018

Has new things I never thought about before. Really interesting.

创建者 David G

Mar 26, 2017

I've learned a lot about emergent phenomena on this course.

创建者 Amirpouyan

Nov 16, 2017

Could have been more mathematical. And could have included a section on space-time, since it's been a while that the notion of emergent space-time has entered the theoretical discussions.

创建者 Victor S

May 22, 2019

Good sampler course for those curious about emergent patterns across a variety of fields. Casual and fun, although the focus on peer graded assessments somewhat detract from it.

创建者 Brent V M

Sep 13, 2018

I'm currently on the second module.

The first module, taught by Michael Dennin was great and got me really excited about this course.

The second module, taught by Donald Saari, is really bad. He takes a subject I find very interesting (Chaos), and makes it boring, prattling on in a very disorganized manner while mostly staring at his toes.

I hoping that subsequent modules are more like Michael Dennin's, which was very well done.

创建者 Michael H

Mar 22, 2016

This course could have delved in more depth in the respective subject. What was presented was good but I felt that more could have been presented.

创建者 Aiswarya R

May 07, 2017

nice course

创建者 Miguel M G

Nov 24, 2018

The course is too basic and does not provide much insights. It is also a pity that there is not a forum to discuss with the other students. Overall the course seems managed in a very lazy manner as compared to other coursera courses.