Oh, such a clear and great explanation of chaos theory.
The Chaos Theory of mathematics and science has nothing chaos about it. It essentially means, as explain by John Gribbin in the introduction that, there are some case where are VERY sensitive to the initial condition. A tiny little change in the initial condition could make very different outcome. Be reminded that the whole process are governed by clean and clear rule without anything fuzzy, but some process (e.g., self-feeding process) will give totally different results due to slight difference in the beginning.
So, since we have a limit on our accuracy on the initial conditions (I think also limited by Uncertainty Priciple too, where we cannot measure both momentum and position correctly), even we know the rule perfectly well, we could still get some surprising results.
Ex: Weather forecast, how a drop of water roll down from your hand, etc....Continua
This is an intriguing and comprehensive look at how complexity arise from deep simplicity, which span subjects as diverse as astronomy, chemistry, economics, geography, biology. A truly enjoyable read, the author attempts to explain the simple rules in Universe and its road to chaos and complexity with easily understandable language. However, I do think you need a certain science background (at least up to high school level) to truly enjoy the theories presented in the book.
The illustrations are crucial to support the concepts, although I do wish there are a few more to make the point....Continua