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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 3-4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What refers to a computer program or network of computers that attempts to simulate an abstract model of a particular system?
(a) Computer virus.
(b) Computer model.
(c) Computer hardware.
(d) Computer army.

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?
(a) Theoretical physics.
(b) Fluid dynamics.
(c) Bifurcation theory.
(d) Thermodynamics.

3. Where was Benoit Mandelbrot born?
(a) Warsaw, Poland.
(b) Lisbon, Portugal.
(c) Reykjavík, Iceland.
(d) Milan, Italy.

4. What can be formed by taking a finite Cartesian product of the Cantor set with itself, making it a Cantor space?
(a) Fractal.
(b) Euclidean space.
(c) Helium in a Box.
(d) Cantor dust.

5. Who is attributed to the following quote from Chapter 2, "Revolution": "Of course, the entire effort is to put oneself outside the ordinary range of what are called statistics"?
(a) Richard Feynman.
(b) Thomas S. Kuhn.
(c) Stephen Spender.
(d) James Gleick.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Edward Lorenz born?

2. What refers to a change in the basic assumptions within the ruling theory of science?

3. When was James Yorke born?

4. What does Gleick assert was the inspiration for Archimedes in Chapter 2, "Revolution"?

5. According to Gleick in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs," what will lead to an increased, steady state in the idealized population?

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