With the Nobel Prize in Physics just awarded for research in complex systems, modeling, and climate change; how scientists think about ‘chaos’ is important to understand.
Complex Systems Fellow Mitchell Newberry describes ‘chaos’ from a scientific perspective in "What is chaos? A complex systems scientist explains" in ‘The Conversation’ for their ‘Significant Terms’ series:
Chaos evokes images of the dinosaurs running wild in Jurassic Park, or my friend’s toddler ravaging the living room.
In a chaotic world, you never know what to expect. Stuff is happening all the time, driven by any kind of random impulse.
But chaos has a deeper meaning in connection to physics and climate science, related to how certain systems – like the weather or the behavior of a toddler – are fundamentally unpredictable.
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