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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Steven Smale born?

2. According to Gleick in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs," what will cause the idealized population to end up at the lower level?

3. 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"?

4. When was Thomas S. Kuhn born?

5. In Chapter 2, "Revolution," the author writes, "Professional scientists, given brief, uncertain glimpses of nature's workings, are no less vulnerable to anguish and confusion when they come face to face with" _______________?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role do computers and mathematical equations play in ecology and biology as described in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs"?

2. How is Robert May described in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs"? What did his work center on?

3. What were the biggest issues with weather forecasting during Lorenz's time as described in Chapter 1, "The Butterfly Effect"? How is the Butterfly Effect defined?

4. How is a Cantor set described in Chapter 4, "A Geometry of Nature"?

5. What did Edward Lorenz develop in order to assist in working with computer technology in Chapter 1, "The Butterfly Effect"? How did he feel about the future of forecasting?

6. What psychological experiment does Thomas S. Kuhn describe in Chapter 2, "Revolution"?

7. How is James Yorke described in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs"? What term did he coin?

8. What did Benoit Mandelbrot and Hendrik Houthakker agree on about the chart in Chapter 4, "A Geometry of Nature"?

9. What was the early life of Benoit Mandelbrot like, as described by the author in Chapter 4, "A Geometry of Nature"?

10. Describe the weather simulator discussed in Chapter 1, "The Butterfly Effect." What weather conditions did it create?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the life and work of Thomas S. Kuhn and the scientific revolution he originated. What book did Kuhn publish and what was its impact on science?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the differences and similarities of theorists and experimenters. How does each rely on the other for progress to be made?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Hendrik Houthakker, his work at Harvard University, and his reasons for inviting Benoit Mandelbrot to speak. What did Houthakker teach?

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