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The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is a non-profit research institute located in Santa Femarker (New Mexicomarker, United Statesmarker) and dedicated to the study of complex systems.


The Santa Fe Institute was founded in 1984 by George Cowan, David Pines, Stirling Colgate, Murray Gell-Mann, Nick Metropolis, Herb Anderson, Peter A. Carruthers, and Richard Slansky. All but Pines and Gell-Mann were scientists with Los Alamos National Laboratorymarker.

SFI's original mission was to disseminate the notion of a separate interdisciplinary research area, complexity theory referred to at SFI as "complexity science". Recently it has announced that its original mission to develop and disseminate a general theory of complexity has been realized. It noted that numerous complexity institutes and departments have sprung up around the world, including the following:

Some of the other accomplishments of the SFI are:
  • SFI's complexity research led to efforts to create artificial life modeling real organisms and ecosystems in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Foundational contributions to the complexity economics school of thought.
  • SFI is coordinating the "Evolution of Human Languages" project, an attempt to trace all human language to a common root (cf. Proto-World).

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In popular culture

The fictional mathematician Ian Malcolm in Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park novels worked at the Santa Fe Institute.

See also


  1. CCS * The CSCS at the University of Michigan. [ CSCS
  2. CSE
  3. Institute Para Limes in Europe, retrieved 01 April 2008.]
  4. Evolution of Human Languages
  5. Linguists seek a time when we spoke as one. USA Today, 20 July 2007. [1]
  6. John L. Casti: Biography

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