OU Video: Patterns of Life – Edward Lorenz and Chaos Theory (#5/5)


Where ever you look in nature you will find patterns. From the seeds in the flower under your nose to the flow of the wind around you and the flock of swallows overhead, some patterns keep occurring again and again.

The essence of mathematics is a series of simple rules that produce complex consequences. And nowhere are these complex consequences more apparent than in the natural world.

Why can’t we get a good weather forecast? Meteorologist Edward Lorenz tried to predict the weather but in the end all he discovered were chaotic systems, leading him to declare long term weather forecasting is utterly impossible.
(Part 5 of 5)


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