Secret Life of Chaos

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  • Excellent doc on iplayer.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00­pv1c3/The_Secret_Life_of_Chaos/

    Really enjoyed this.

  • i tried to watch it the other day drunk. is it worth watching sober? it sounds so.

  • It's quite dry but lots of nice bits of knowledge to ponder on imo

  • i tried to watch it the other day drunk. is it worth watching sober? it sounds so.

    The beginning yes. Middle, not so sure. The end, I have no idea.

  • what's it about?

  • Chaos theory, the origin of intelligent life, numbers painted through nature, erm artificial intelligence predicting the future

  • I watched that... and my brain melted.

    *Although the bit about fractals really fascinates me, the fingerprint of God

  • The BBC is only organisation that maintains a few un dumbed down programmes. Although Horizon and others have gone down the toilet.

  • Good program, the great thing about chaos is that the basic maths is very simple and only requires 'A' level knowledge.

    A good example is here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logistic_ma­p this has some god graphics which are very helpful.

    The BBC is only organisation that maintains a few un dumbed down programmes. Although Horizon and others have gone down the toilet.

    Their T.V. news has gone down the pan though.

  • SImilar topic, but did anyone catch Alan Davies "How long is a peice of string?"

  • Fantastic programme. Watched it twice. Still blew my mind.

  • SImilar topic, but did anyone catch Alan Davies "How long is a peice of string?"

    Really liked that. He did another simillar programme a while ago but i can't remember what it was called. Google rocks: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jmzdk­

  • I love the theory of possible infinite lengths for all sized things, getting down into every nook and cranny possible.
    Makes me wish I continued on my math streak before i became an irresponsible student.

  • Their T.V. news has gone down the pan though.

    +1.

  • good programme, I hope the guy makes some more like that

    The alan davies one was good too, if it's the one I'm thinking of. Did he go to the grand arche in paris and try to understand extra dimensions? Fractals are alright, extra dimensions hurt my brain

  • We don't have a TV anymore, I only miss MOTD... iPlayer is enough... Been meaning to watch this, will watch it tonight after I finish The Timbuktu Manuscripts (which is a bit kaka so far)...

  • Fractals are alright, extra dimensions hurt my brain

    What about fractions of dimensions?
    http://www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/ffiles/­10008.2.shtml
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractal_dim­ension

  • ^^ just spent a good deal of my lunch break reading some of these links...

  • Fractals are alright, extra dimensions hurt my brain

    RE multiple dimensions, what confused me most is that i thought I understood 3D, as the world we experience is 3D. But it isn't that trivial.

    From a 2D plane a 3rd dimension can be obtained either by simply extending the 2D plane (as in (x,y) -> (x,y,z)), but it can also exist as a space through which the 2D plane can be deformed, i.e. the 2D sheet can be warped through the 3rd dimension. This addition of dimensions opens up a whole host of conceivable dimensions.

    I'm just saying that the concept of multiple dimensions isn't conceptually difficult, rather it just isn't demonstrated or explained that often. I imagine many make the same mistake I did of trying to imagine how 3D can go to 4D in the same way (x,y) -> (x,y,z)

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