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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did Albert Libchaber earn a M.S. degree in physics?
(a) The Ecole Normale Supérieure.
(b) The University of Bonn.
(c) The University of Illinois.
(d) The University of Chicago.

2. Who is attributed with the following quote in Chapter 5, "Strange Attractors": "Big whorls have little whorls which feed on their velocity, and little whorls have lesser whorls and so on to viscosity"?
(a) Lewis F. Richardson.
(b) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
(c) Harry L. Swinney.
(d) Mitchell Feigenbaum.

3. According to the author, "to play the chaos game quickly, you need a computer with a graphics screen and a random number generator, but in principle a sheet of paper and" what will work as well?
(a) A compass.
(b) A coin.
(c) A deck of cards.
(d) A pair of dice.

4. In Chapter 4, "A Geometry of Nature," Houthakker explained to Mandelbrot the diagram in his office represented eight years of what?
(a) Cotton prices.
(b) Almond prices.
(c) Corn prices.
(d) Wheat prices.

5. In Chapter 1, "The Butterfly Effect," the author writes, "The Butterfly Effect acquired a technical name: sensitive dependence on _____________"?
(a) "Random conditions."
(b) "Ideal conditions."
(c) "Initial conditions."
(d) "Controlled conditions."

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Hendrik Houthakker born?

2. In mathematics and statistics, a _____ is a quantity that serves to relate functions and variables using a common variable when such a relationship would be difficult to explicate with an equation.

3. When was James Yorke born?

4. 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"?

5. In mathematics, what refers to a map that exhibits some sort of chaotic behavior?

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