You are not alone in the universe. While leading your busy life you are constantly interacting with other human beings and your environment in diverse ways. Every other human being is doing the same. If we could step aside and look at the tapestry of all this activity at the same time, what patterns would emerge?
We're beginning to understand how to describe complex phenomenons from the weather to financial markets as the consequence of millions of interactions happening simultaneously. When we look at pictures of these collective events we can see they are far from random. There is structure and order in the way they come together and the result can be as beautiful as a dancing flock of birds or as brutal as a hurricane. How can order emerge from chaos? Is there anything in common between these different systems? Can an ant colony teach us how to predict stock market crashes?