"For Want of a Nail" – A Proverb of Chaos (via Catagenesis)


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.Mammalian Lung

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.

"For Want of a Nail" - A Proverb of Chaos

As a Christmas gift, I received a set of video lectures by The Teaching Company entitled “Chaos.”  The course, presented by a well known educator on the subject, Professor Steven Strogatz, explores the history, science and implications of chaos theory.  I feel confident in saying that chaos theory is still not nearly as appreciated as it probably should be, given how fundamental of a breakthrough in scientific perspective it represents. I am very … Read More

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Benoit Mandelbrot: A fitting tribute from “Edge”


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“Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles,
and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.”

BENOIT MANDELBROT
1924 — 2010


Long Beach, CA, February, 2010


To remember and to honor Benoit Mandelbrot,Edgeis pleased to present several pieces:

A remembrance on behalf of the Edge communityby Dimitar Sasselov;

Response to the 2005 EdgeQuestion,“What Do You Believe Is True Even Though You Cannot Prove It?”

“A Theory of Roughness: A Talk with Benoit Mandelbrot”, anEdge feature which previously ran on December 20, 2004

Response to theEdge-Serpentine Gallery collaboration“Formulae For The 21St Century: What Is Your Formula? Your Equation? Your Algorithm?”

Photograph: Budapest, 2003. “Benoit’s Dangerous Life”: A report on the photograph by George Dyson

“The Father of Long Tails”, a 2008 interview conducted in Paris by the Swiss art curator and Edgecollaborator Hans Ulrich Obrist, currently the Curator of the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Photograph: With John Brockman, Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 29, 2010

BENOIT MANDELBROT, who died on October 14th, was Sterling Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Yale University and IBM Fellow Emeritus (Physics) at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. His books includeThe Fractal Geometry of Nature; Fractals and Scaling in Finance; and (with Richard L. Hudson)The (mis)Behavior of Markets.

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