Chaos theory and patterns
Name: debbie d wolski, tom krieglstein josie villanova, ryan sheehan, jillian ferris
Date: Around 1995
In reading books on the Chaos Theory, it is suggested that there is a
constant pattern in nature.Do you think this is true? If so can it be
proven through science or math?
Observations of nature do seem to indicate some reasonably consistent
patterns. Still, virtually every attempt at modeling these patterns using
mathematics is based on simplifying assumptions. Since there will always be
mathematical statements that cannot be proved within a given system of
rules, it is unlikely that we will ever be able to "prove" anything about
nature or the sciences that describe it, in a pure sense. A reasonable
educational goal for students of science is that they come to a realization
that literally every law or formula given is subject to some limitations.
Indeed, the study of chaotic behavior in relation to the models of science
shows us that these models are all flawed to some degree, especially if we
need data as inputs to these models to use them in a recursive way.
For an excellent film on observations of consistent patterns in nature with
no mathematical prerequisites, I recommend "The Shape of Things" in the NOVA
series from public television (available in larger libraries?)
I think that your question needs a little more discussion. When you
say, "a constant pattern in nature", what do you have in mind? What would
you look for if you were looking for a constant pattern?
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