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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What science deals with the visible, orderly outcomes of self-organization and the common principles behind similar patterns?
(a) Pattern formation.
(b) Thermodynamics.
(c) Fluid dynamics.
(d) Theoretical physics.

2. When did Albert Libchaber join the faculty at The Rockefeller University?
(a) 1985.
(b) 1989.
(c) 1994.
(d) 1982.

3. Who was a German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath?
(a) Jean Racine.
(b) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
(c) Harry Swinney.
(d) Gustav Mahler.

4. What company did Michael Barnsley found in 1987?
(a) Iterated Systems Incorporated.
(b) IBM.
(c) Xerox.
(d) The Dynamical Systems Collective.

5. Where was Gustav Mahler born?
(a) France.
(b) Canada.
(c) Austria.
(d) Italy.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Albert Libchaber born?

2. According to Gleick, Albert Libchaber had a similar background to who, living as a refugee during World War II?

3. Where did Mitchell Feigenbaum attend for graduate study in electrical engineering but changed his area to physics?

4. How old was Mitchell Feigenbaum when he was offered a post at the Los Alamos National Laboratory?

5. 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"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the Navier-Stokes equations defined? For whom are they named?

2. How is the Taylor-Couette flow defined?

3. What was Harry Swinney known for in Chapter 5, "Strange Attractors"? Where did his interests lie?

4. What is the Taylor vortex flow and when does it emerge?

5. Who was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe? For what great work is he most well known?

6. How does the author describe the evolution of chaos in Chapter 8, "Images of Chaos"?

7. Describe the Julia set. How is it related to the Fatou set?

8. How were fractal basin boundaries used in Chapter 8, "Images of Chaos"? What scientists studied the transitions?

9. How did Barnsley's approach differ from that of Richter and Peitgen in Chapter 8, "Images of Chaos"?

10. How is Mitchell Feigenbaum described? What was his early life like, according to the author?

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