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Complex patterns are common throughout nature, from the distribution of the galaxies in the Universe to the organization of neurons in the human brain. It is generally assumed that such complex structure must have a complex cause, but it may be that the patterns spontaneously arise through the repeated application of simple rules. Professor Clint Sprott from the University of Wisconsin Department of Physics will talk and provide examples of self-organization in nature and will describe six simple computer models that can replicate the features of these patterns.

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