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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where is Stephen Smale from?
(a) Atlanta, Georgia.
(b) Fargo, North Dakota.
(c) Aurora, Illinois.
(d) Flint, Michigan.

2. Where is the main laboratory for the Thomas J. Watson Research Center?
(a) Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
(b) Yorktown Heights, New York.
(c) Chicago, Illinois.
(d) Indianapolis, Indiana.

3. What is a natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through spacetime, along with related concepts such as energy and force?
(a) Fluid dynamics.
(b) Physiology.
(c) Physics.
(d) Thermodynamics.

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

5. In Chapter 2, "Revolution," the author writes, "Professional scientists, given brief, uncertain glimpses of nature's workings, are no less vulnerable to anguish and confusion when they come face to face with" _______________?
(a) "Cantor dust".
(b) "Fractals".
(c) "Turbulence".
(d) "Incongruity".

Short Answer Questions

1. For what company had Benoit Mandelbrot been working in economics, studying distribution of various incomes in the economy when he was invited by Houthakker to speak at Harvard?

2. Who said that calling the study of chaos a nonlinear science was akin to calling zoology "the study of nonelephant animals" in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs"?

3. In Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs," Gleick writes, "In the emergence of chaos as a new science in the 1970s, _____ were destined to play a special role."

4. Where was Robert May born?

5. What is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services?

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