Title: SYSTEMS THINKING VIA MATHEMATICAL MODELS — SIMPLE AND COMPLEX

Abstract: The physical, biological and social science phenomena we care about are embedded in systems. This is important because ignoring the connections between various components in such systems can lead to unintended negative consequences. Examples include the devastation resulting from the pesticide DDT, the emergence of drug resistant bacteria and viruses, the collapse of economic markets, and environmental degradations. I’ll use simple examples to underline the necessity of building and analyzing mathematical models to study such systems. I’ll distinguish simple mathematical models from complex systems models, the latter including networks, dynamics, and adaptive computer programs.

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