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Exploring Emergence

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Author:Resnick, Silverman; Epistemology and Learning Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Description: An active essay that uses Java applets to explore the idea of emergence, examining how objects and patterns can arise from simple interactions in ways that are surprising and counter-intuitive. Examples with simple squares that turn on and off and give rise to patterns of motion are presented, the underlying ideas intended to provide a new perspective for thinking about many phenomena in the everyday world. Rules explored include Seeds and John Conway's Game of Life, investigating rules that lead to chaos, stability, and those on the edge between order and chaos; spontaneous generation, and instability.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Simulations, Web Interactive/Java
Math Topics: Cellular Automata

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