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Math Club
Chaos: The Predictably Unpredictable
David McArdle (UConn)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
5:45pm – 6:35pm

Storrs Campus
Moneith 321

It was once believed that our world is governed by rules and that all observed outcomes are predictable. This Newtonian dream of having an entirely predictable world is no longer true. We now know that there are incredibly simple mathematical models with dynamics so sensitive to initial conditions that long-term prediction is impossible. This realization gave birth to what is known as "Chaos Theory''.

In this presentation we will explore what chaos is in a mathematical sense and will look at several specific examples that illustrate the mystery of chaos. We will also look at chaos as it is observed in the world around us and discuss what lies ahead in this field.


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