High Anxieties: The Mathematics Of Chaos

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High Anxieties: The Mathematics Of Chaos
BBC Knowledge  |  December 4, 2009

This film looks at how developments in mathematics over the last century have completely changed our understanding of the fundamental nature of the world we live in. The film begins with Henri Poincare who, in 1889, discovered that the solar system itself was not stable. He had discovered the maths of what we now call the butterfly effect - that a tiny disturbance can grow until it creates an unstoppable storm.

This film looks at how developments in mathematics over the last century have completely changed our understanding of the fundamental nature of the world we live in. The film begins with Henri Poincare who, in 1889, discovered that the solar system itself was not stable. He had discovered the maths of what we now call the butterfly effect - that a tiny disturbance can grow until it creates an unstoppable storm.

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