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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What refers to a closed trajectory in phase space having the property that at least one other trajectory spirals into it either as time approaches infinity or as time approaches negative infinity?
(a) Fractal compression.
(b) Period doubling bifurcation.
(c) Fractal basin boundaries.
(d) Limit-cycle.

2. In fluid dynamics, what consists of a viscous fluid confined in the gap between two rotating cylinders?
(a) The Taylor-Couette flow.
(b) Laminar flow.
(c) Turbulent flow.
(d) Bifurcation cascade.

3. What occurs at higher velocities where eddies or small packets of fluid particles form leading to lateral mixing?
(a) Momentum diffusion.
(b) Theoretical physics.
(c) Chaos theory.
(d) Turbulent flow.

4. Through this work on the study of quantum behavior of superfluid helium, Albert Libchaber invented what?
(a) Fractal compression.
(b) Thermodynamics.
(c) Helium in a Box.
(d) Euclidean space.

5. From what institution did Albert Libchaber earn his Ph.D.?
(a) The University of Bonn.
(b) The Ecole Normale Supérieure.
(c) The University of Illinois.
(d) The University of Chicago.

6. Who is attributed with the following quote from Chapter 7, "The Experimenter": "It's an experience like no other experience I can describe, the best thing that can happen to a scientist, realizing that something that's happened in his or her mind exactly corresponds to something that happens in nature"?
(a) Albert Libchaber.
(b) Leo Kadanoff.
(c) Michael Barnsley.
(d) Conrad Aiken.

7. In what year did Mitchell Feigenbaum complete his doctorate with a thesis on dispersion relations?
(a) 1970.
(b) 1955.
(c) 1960.
(d) 1965.

8. Who is attributed with the following quote from Chapter 8, "Images of Chaos": "What else, when chaos draws all forced inward to shape a single leaf"?
(a) Benoit Mandelbrot.
(b) Albert Libchaber.
(c) Conrad Aiken.
(d) Michael Barnsley.

9. Who is attributed with the following quote from Chapter 6, "Universality": "The iterating of these lines brings gold; the framing of this circle on the ground brings whirlwinds, tempests, thunder and lightning"?
(a) Lewis F. Richardson.
(b) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
(c) Dr. Faustus.
(d) Mitchell Feigenbaum.

10. From what institution did Heinz-Otto Peitgen earn his Ph.D.?
(a) The Ecole Normale Supérieure.
(b) The University of Wisconsin-Madison.
(c) The University of Bonn.
(d) Johns Hopkins University.

11. Albert Libchaber made the first experimental observation of the _____ that leads to chaos and turbulence in convective Rayleigh-Benard systems.
(a) Fractal basin boundaries.
(b) No-slip condition.
(c) Bifurcation cascade.
(d) Poincare conjecture.

12. Where is the Scripps Research Institute headquartered?
(a) Portland, Oregon.
(b) La Jolla, California.
(c) San Francisco, California.
(d) Tacoma, Washington.

13. With whom did Harry Swinney perform experiments on the onset of turbulence for water in rotating cylinders?
(a) Dr. Faustus.
(b) Jerry Gollub.
(c) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
(d) Gustav Mahler.

14. What is a lossy compression method for digital images based on fractals?
(a) Cosmic arrhythmias.
(b) Fractal compression.
(c) Period doubling bifurcation.
(d) Information theory.

15. What refers to systems whose behavior is intrinsically non-deterministic?
(a) Oscillation.
(b) Stochastic.
(c) Fractal.
(d) Incongruity.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what institution did Albert Libchaber become a professor of physics in 1991?

2. In physics and fluid mechanics, what refers to the layer of fluid in the immediate vicinity of a bounding surface where effects of viscosity of the fluid are considered in detail?

3. When was Mitchell Feigenbaum born?

4. In control theory, a system is _____ if any of the roots of its characteristic equation has real part greater than zero.

5. When did Albert Libchaber win the Wolf Prize in Physics?

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