"For Want of a Nail" – A Proverb of Chaos (via Catagenesis)
Monday, 31 January, 2011 4 Comments
Gaining an understanding of “Chaos & Complexity” and how they affect or underpin just about every aspect of modern life is highly recommended. This is a great little “taster”.
YOU are the ultimate complex system! So it is something that is relevant to EVERYONE.
The understanding that, such as, Benoit Mandelbrot brought to the subject has been invaluable. If you struggle to get your head around self-similarity, with smaller and smaller recurring shapes or patterns, you may feel more inclined to consider it if you knew that, thanks to fractal scaling, the surface area of human lungs is equivalent to 160 sq. metres or a singles tennis court. They contain circa 300 million alveoli (pockets for storage of air to allow absorption into the blood stream). All contained within a capacity of 6 litres.
Needless to say our lungs are enormously complex on their own but when you consider that they only work as an interdependent part of our body it is EXTREMELY hard to be believe that these just evolved…a conversation for another day I think!!!
If the above and following don’t whet your appetite to learn more or get you to thinking about our complex relationships with each other, with the environment, with technology, in business or the “unseen” networks that enable development, assembly and delivery of goods to your door then I can recommend the Dilbert widget although I can’t guarantee that you will be able to follow every storyline.