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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through chapters 7-8.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is attributed with the following quote from Chapter 7, "The Experimenter": "It's an experience like no other experience I can describe, the best thing that can happen to a scientist, realizing that something that's happened in his or her mind exactly corresponds to something that happens in nature"?
(a) Conrad Aiken.
(b) Michael Barnsley.
(c) Albert Libchaber.
(d) Leo Kadanoff.

2. When was Albert Libchaber born?
(a) 1916.
(b) 1922.
(c) 1927.
(d) 1934.

3. What work by Edward Lorenz greatly impacted the thinking of James Yorke, as described in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs"?
(a) "Physical Review Letters".
(b) "Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow".
(c) "Period Three Implies Chaos".
(d) "Fractals Everywhere".

4. Where was Mitchell Feigenbaum born?
(a) Hartford, Connecticut.
(b) New York, New York.
(c) Frankfort, Kentucky.
(d) Biloxi, Mississippi.

5. What refers to a closed trajectory in phase space having the property that at least one other trajectory spirals into it either as time approaches infinity or as time approaches negative infinity?
(a) Fractal compression.
(b) Fractal basin boundaries.
(c) Period doubling bifurcation.
(d) Limit-cycle.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Gleick quote as saying "It does not say in the Bible that all laws of nature are expressible linearily!" in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs"?

2. What is the mathematical study of changes in the qualitative or topological structure of a given family, such as the integral curves of a family of vector fields, and the solutions of a family of differential equations?

3. What mathematical theorem states that every simply connected, closed 3-manifold is homeomorphic to the 3-sphere?

4. According to Gleick, Albert Libchaber had a similar background to who, living as a refugee during World War II?

5. Who is attributed with the following quote in the beginning of Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs": "The result of a mathematical development should be continuously checked against one's own intuition about what constitutes reasonable biological behavior"?

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