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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When was Robert May born?
(a) 1935.
(b) 1938.
(c) 1947.
(d) 1944.

2. 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"?
(a) Postage stamps.
(b) Playing cards.
(c) Ink blots.
(d) Nature photographs.

3. According to Gleick in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs," what will lead to an increased, steady state in the idealized population?
(a) A higher parameter.
(b) A fraction parameter.
(c) A multiplier parameter.
(d) A lower parameter.

4. 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) Thermodynamics.
(b) Fluid dynamics.
(c) Physiology.
(d) Physics.

5. 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"?
(a) Enrico Fermi.
(b) Harvey J. Gold.
(c) Wallace Stevens.
(d) Stanislaw Ulam.

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

7. What does Gleick assert was the inspiration for Archimedes in Chapter 2, "Revolution"?
(a) A tree.
(b) A boulder.
(c) A bathtub.
(d) A snail.

8. According to Gleick in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs," what will cause the idealized population to end up at the lower level?
(a) A higher parameter.
(b) A multiplier parameter.
(c) A fraction parameter.
(d) A lower parameter.

9. When was Benoit Mandelbrot born?
(a) 1876.
(b) 1900.
(c) 1924.
(d) 1941.

10. In mathematics, what is a system which does not satisfy the superposition principle, or whose output is not directly proportional to its input?
(a) Thermolinear system.
(b) Hyperlinear system.
(c) Nonlinear system.
(d) Linear system.

11. One of the implications of what theorem is that if a continuous discrete dynamical system on the real line has a periodic point of period 3, then it must have periodic points of every other period?
(a) Stronghorn's theorem.
(b) Sharkovskii's theorem.
(c) Stevenson's theorem.
(d) Skawinski's theorem.

12. When was Thomas S. Kuhn born?
(a) 1907.
(b) 1912.
(c) 1922.
(d) 1915.

13. 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"?
(a) Wallace Stevens.
(b) Stanislaw Ulam.
(c) James Yorke.
(d) Enrico Fermi.

14. 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) James Gleick.
(b) Stephen Spender.
(c) Richard Feynman.
(d) Thomas S. Kuhn.

15. In Chapter 2, "Revolution," Gleick writes that the only problem with studying and experimenting with a new science is what?
(a) All the work is yet to be done.
(b) It requires a new language.
(c) There are no rules.
(d) No one will understand it.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 4, "A Geometry of Nature," Houthakker explained to Mandelbrot the diagram in his office represented eight years of what?

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

3. When was James Yorke born?

4. What is a description of a system using mathematical concepts and language?

5. Who is quoted in Chapter 1, "The Butterfly Effect" as saying "Physicists like to think that all you have to do is say, these are the conditions, now what happens next?"

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