Mathematical Interventions

by Ralph Abraham,

It is said that a systems perspective is needed for a major shift to an ecological worldview. The World Wide Web (WWW) has arrived just in time to systematize the worldview of the new planetary society with its grass roots access to environmental information.

I see a challenge to invent website educational environments in which global and local envirodata, scientific visualization, eco- themed videogames, and complex dynamical simulation styles are merged to provide an experience which enhances ecological/systems intelligence.

In this context, I am working on websites in which the biosphere and the world economy are linked in a SimEarth-style multi player dungeon virtuality. Underway at the moment are two small pieces of this project: the economy of Italy, and the Pelham Bay landfill (toxic dump near NYC).

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