What do our bodies, financial markets, fisheries, and the world’s food supply have in common? They are all complex systems that, under stress, can collapse catastrophically without warning. Scientists today are looking to mathematical models to help predict instability in a system before it’s on the verge of collapse. Could there be a universal set of rules that apply across different systems? If so what do these models tell us about the state of our world?
The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public.
This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.