Steve Strogatz’s public lecture Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order, is a good introduction to material found in detail in his very fine book of the same title. His work interests me for its possible applications to the study of the organization of learning. It doesn’t match up rigorously, yet, but there is some dovetailing between concrete concepts in his field and their metaphoric reframing in sympathy with concepts found in the work of Kurt Lewin, and, more recently, in the umbrella concept of Flow in the work of Mikhaly Csikzentmihaly.
[Pick the audio version in Real Audio, not the A/V RA!] Sync Lecture @ The Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications