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The Secret Life of Chaos (2010)

Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists ... See full summary »

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Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand. It turns out that chaos theory answers a question that mankind has asked for millennia - how did we get here? In this documentary, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to uncover one of the great mysteries of science - how does a universe that starts off as dust end up with intelligent life? How does order emerge from disorder? It's a mindbending, counterintuitive and for many people a deeply troubling idea. But Professor Al-Khalili reveals the science behind much of beauty and structure in the natural world and discovers that far from it being magic or an act of God, it is in fact an intrinsic part of the laws of physics. Amazingly, it turns out that the mathematics of chaos can explain how and why the universe creates exquisite order and pattern. And the best ... Written by arouserobot

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An Effective, Concise Recap of Some Very Complex Material
30 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

Theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili takes us through a crash course on string theory, the important role of chaos in the natural world and fresh theories on the origins of life, the universe and everything. Along the way, he slips in a few quick-hit biographies on the men behind some major steps forward in these novel ways of thinking. Though the concepts are often quite nebulous and difficult to pin down, Khalili and his talking-head cohorts are able to cover a lot of ground in a way that doesn't seem too intellectual or technical for the uninitiated. Good visual examples are a key component of their lesson, and with the limitless stock library of the BBC at their disposal, they come up with a few inventive, dazzling exercises. There's only so much you can do with just an hour on such a boundless, wide-ranging subject, but as a thorough introduction it performs admirably. I'd watch a follow-up.


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