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How to Free Your Inner MathematicianNotes on Mathematics and Life$
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Susan D'Agostino

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843597.001.0001

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Resist comparison, because of chaos theory

Resist comparison, because of chaos theory

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(p.53) 8 Resist comparison, because of chaos theory
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How to Free Your Inner Mathematician
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Susan D'Agostino

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843597.003.0009

“Resist comparison, because of chaos theory” tells the story of Massachusetts Institute of Technology meteorologist Edward Lorenz who, while working on long-term weather forecasting in 1961, inadvertently upended notions of a Newtonian universe and ignited a scientific revolution by discovering chaos theory. The discussion of how a small change in an initial condition may effect a dramatic change in outcome is enhanced by numerous hand-drawn sketches. Also included are popular culture references to the “butterfly effect” in which the flap of a butterfly’s wings sets off a far-off tornado. Mathematics students and enthusiasts are encouraged to resist comparing mathematical paths when working with a friend as small differences in starting places may lead to different outcomes. At the chapter’s end, readers may check their understanding by working on a problem. A solution is provided.

Keywords:   chaos, Edward Lorenz, butterfly effect, math, student

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