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Nearly everything we encounter exhibits regularities along with random or incidental features. All around us we find superpositions of law and chance - or signal and noise, as in the case of music and static on the radio. In these lectures, Murray Gell-Mann discusses these contrasts as they apply to everything from the universe as a whole to living organisms and human culture. Gell-Mann examines the meanings and relevance of concepts such as complexity, entropy, and individuality, and presents examples of regularities like "self-similarity" - or "scaling" - that are widespread in physical and biological science and in human affairs.

A pioneer in the field of subatomic physics, Murray Gell-Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1969 for his quark theory of matter. Gell-Mann coined the term "quark" after the discovery of some 100 particles within the atomic nucleus. Author of 'The Quark and the Jaguar', Professor Gell-Mann is Distinguished Fellow and Trustee at the Santa Fe Institute.

NOTE: Please excuse the production quality of some of our older videos. They were transferred from our video tape archive.

The Regular and the Random Santa Fe Institute

    • Natural Sciences

Nearly everything we encounter exhibits regularities along with random or incidental features. All around us we find superpositions of law and chance - or signal and noise, as in the case of music and static on the radio. In these lectures, Murray Gell-Mann discusses these contrasts as they apply to everything from the universe as a whole to living organisms and human culture. Gell-Mann examines the meanings and relevance of concepts such as complexity, entropy, and individuality, and presents examples of regularities like "self-similarity" - or "scaling" - that are widespread in physical and biological science and in human affairs.

A pioneer in the field of subatomic physics, Murray Gell-Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1969 for his quark theory of matter. Gell-Mann coined the term "quark" after the discovery of some 100 particles within the atomic nucleus. Author of 'The Quark and the Jaguar', Professor Gell-Mann is Distinguished Fellow and Trustee at the Santa Fe Institute.

NOTE: Please excuse the production quality of some of our older videos. They were transferred from our video tape archive.

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    Lecture I: The Regular and the Random

    Lecture I: The Regular and the Random

    • 1 hr 23 min
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    Lecture II: The Regular and the Random

    Lecture II: The Regular and the Random

    Nearly everything we encounter exhibits regularities along with random or incidental features. All around us we find superpositions of law and chance-or signal and noise, as in the case of music and static on the radio.

    • 1 hr 18 min
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    Lecture III: The Regular and the Random

    Lecture III: The Regular and the Random

    Nearly everything we encounter exhibits regularities along with random or incidental features. All around us we find superpositions of law and chance-or signal and noise, as in the case of music and static on the radio.

    • 1 hr 16 min

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