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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 was Robert May born?
(a) Berlin, Germany.
(b) Sydney, Australia.
(c) Cairo, Egypt.
(d) Tokyo, Japan.

2. Who is attributed with the following quote in Chapter 4, "A Geometry of Nature": "And yet relation appears, a small relation expanding like the shade of a cloud on sand, a shape on the side of the hill"?
(a) James Yorke.
(b) Robert May.
(c) Wallace Stevens.
(d) Enrico Fermi.

3. 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"?
(a) Stanislaw Ulam.
(b) Steven Smale.
(c) Benoit Mandelbrot.
(d) Harvey J. Gold.

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

5. Where was James Yorke born?
(a) Flagstaff, Arizona.
(b) Portland, Oregon.
(c) Plainfield, New Jersey.
(d) Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Short Answer Questions

1. What concept originated by Thomas S. Kuhn refers to the routine work of scientists experimenting within a paradigm, slowly accumulating detail in accord with established broad theory and not actually challenging or attempting to test the underlying assumptions of that theory?

2. In his paper, Kuhn argues that rival paradigms are ______, meaning that it is not possible to understand one paradigm through the conceptual framework and terminology of another rival paradigm.

3. James Yorke realized that one of the largest problems with his work was that mathematicians and physicists were often worlds apart because they did not what?

4. What was the profession of Benoit Mandelbrot's mother?

5. What were the subjects allowed to glance at one at a time in the experiment from the 1940s described by Gleick in Chapter 2, "Revolution"?

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