First Aired: January 1st 1970
Runtime: 30 minutes

It has been called the third great revolution of 20th-century physics, after relativity and quantum theory. But how can something called chaos theory help you understand an orderly world? What practical things might it be good for? What, in fact, is chaos theory? "Chaos theory," according to Dr. Steven Strogatz, Director of the Center for Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, "is the science of how things change." It describes the behavior of any system whose state evolves over time and whose behavior is sensitive to small changes in its initial conditions. The 24 lectures of Chaos take you to the heart of chaos theory as it is understood today. Taught by Professor Strogatz, an award-winning Ivy League professor and a scientist described by Nature magazine as "one of the most creative biomathematicians of the past few decades," Chaos introduces you to a fascinating discipline that has more to do with your everyday life than you may realize.


Season 1

1The Chaos Revolution                                         More info
2The Clockwork Universe                                         More info
3From Clockwork to Chaos                                         More info
4Chaos Found and Lost Again                                         More info
5The Return of Chaos                                         More info
6Chaos as Disorder—The Butterfly Effect                                         More info
7Picturing Chaos as Order—Strange Attractors                                         More info
8Animating Chaos as Order—Iterated Maps                                         More info
9How Systems Turn Chaotic                                         More info
10Displaying How Systems Turn Chaotic                                         More info
11Universal Features of the Route to Chaos                                         More info
12Experimental Tests of the New Theory                                         More info
13Fractals—The Geometry of Chaos                                         More info
14The Properties of Fractals                                         More info
15A New Concept of Dimension                                         More info
16Fractals Around Us                                         More info
17Fractals Inside Us                                         More info
18Fractal Art                                         More info
19Embracing Chaos—From Tao to Space Travel                                         More info
20Cloaking Messages with Chaos                                         More info
21Chaos in Health and Disease                                         More info
22Quantum Chaos                                         More info
23Synchronization                                         More info
24The Future of Science                                         More info

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