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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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. What refers to the sensitive dependence on initial conditions; where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state?
(a) Hummingbird effect.
(b) Kangaroo effect.
(c) Butterfly effect.
(d) Pufferfish effect.

4. In what year did Edward Lorenz create a weather simulator as described in Chapter 1, "The Butterfly Effect"?
(a) 1951.
(b) 1948.
(c) 1966.
(d) 1960.

5. What studies the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions?
(a) Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow.
(b) Nonlinear system.
(c) Butterfly effect.
(d) Chaos theory.

6. Where was Thomas S. Kuhn born?
(a) Cincinnati, Ohio.
(b) Anchorage, Alaska.
(c) Omaha, Nebraska.
(d) Spearfish, South Dakota.

7. What did Foucault use as a way to demonstrate the earth's rotation, according to the author in Chapter 2, "Revolution"?
(a) A six-foot wide magnifying glass.
(b) A softball.
(c) A twenty-story high pendulum.
(d) A turkey baster.

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

9. When was James Yorke born?
(a) 1949.
(b) 1932.
(c) 1941.
(d) 1937.

10. What is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the atmosphere?
(a) Meteorology.
(b) Fractal compression.
(c) Physiology.
(d) Thermodynamics.

11. What refers to a supercomputer manufacturer based in Seattle, Washington, and founded in 1972?
(a) Cray.
(b) More.
(c) Bend.
(d) Ting.

12. From what institution did Thomas S. Kuhn earn his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics?
(a) Loyola University.
(b) Princeton University.
(c) Stanford University.
(d) Harvard University.

13. In the 1950s and 1960s what two technologies were maturing together, according to the author in Chapter 1, "The Butterfly Effect"?
(a) The digital computer and television.
(b) The space satellite and digital computer.
(c) The automobile and space stellite.
(d) The television and automobile.

14. What was the profession of Benoit Mandelbrot's mother?
(a) Writer.
(b) Housekeeper.
(c) Dentist.
(d) Nurse.

15. When was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded?
(a) 1861.
(b) 1877.
(c) 1895.
(d) 1823.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is the European Center for Medium Range Forecasts headquartered?

2. Where was James Yorke born?

3. 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?

4. James Yorke is credited with creating what term in reference to science?

5. When was Benoit Mandelbrot born?

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