## Exploring Chaos: A Guide to the New Science of DisorderIn the past few years, a new line of scientific inquiry called "chaos theory" has caught the popular imagination. Young people, in particular, have taken to the complex computer-generated patterns that seem to teeter precariously between order and randomness. A dazzling mathematical object, the Mandelbrot set, now decorates posters, record sleeves, and pop videos (as well as the back cover of this book jacket). Chaos theory, it turns out, has a deeper meaning for our understanding of nature. All sorts of phenomena - from dripping faucets to swinging pendulums, from the unpredictability of the weather to the majestic parade of the planets, from heart rhythms to gold futures - are best perceived through the mathematical prism of chaos theory. In this collection of incisive, front-line reports, ably edited by Nina Hall for New Scientist magazine, internationally recognized experts such as Ian Stewart, Robert May, and Benoit Mandelbrot draw on the latest research to explain the roots of chaos in modern science and mathematics. |

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### Contents

Introduction | 7 |

Chaos in the swing of a pendulum | 22 |

An experiment with mathematics | 33 |

Portraits of chaos | 44 |

Turbulent times for fluids | 59 |

A weather eye on unpredictability | 69 |

The chaotic rhythms of life | 82 |

Is the Solar System stable? | 96 |

Fractals a geometry of nature | 122 |

Fractals reflections and distortions | 136 |

Chaos catastrophes and engineering | 149 |

Chaos on the circuit board | 162 |

Quantum physics on the edge of chaos | 184 |

Chaos entropy and the arrow of time | 203 |

Acknowledgements | 224 |

Clocks and chaos in chemistry | 108 |

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