Santa Fe Institute


Santa Fe InstituteThe Santa Fe Institute is a private, not-for-profit, independent research and education center founded in 1984, for multidisciplinary collaborations in the physical, biological, computational, and social sciences. Understanding of complex adaptive systems is critical to addressing key environmental, technological, biological, economic, and political challenges.

Renowned scientists and researchers come to Santa Fe Institute from universities, government agencies, research institutes, and private industry to collaborate in attempts to uncover the mechanisms that underlie the deep simplicity present in our complex world.



Research at the Santa Fe Institute is conducted by multi-generational groups ranging from senior scientists to Omidyar and postdoctoral fellows to undergraduate interns.


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SFI has a variety of publications, ranging from the more technical working papers, to the more general Bulletin articles. The Editorial Board provides oversight for the SFI publications program.

Working Papers

These technical papers by SFI researchers cover a wide range of topics. Many are available electronically.

SFI Book List

This comprehensive list includes books from the Santa Fe Institute's "Studies in the Sciences of Complexity" series.

Bulletin of the Santa Fe Institute

A magazine published biannually by SFI to keep its friends and supporters informed about its work.

The SFI Bibliography

A listing of peer reviewed publications by SFI faculty.

Video Catalog

A collection of SFI lectures and talks on tape and digital media.