Chaos: Making a New Science Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Where did Michael Barnsley earn his Ph.D.?

2. Albert Libchaber graduated with a bachelor degree in mathematics from what institution?

3. What refers to systems whose behavior is intrinsically non-deterministic?

4. When was Mitchell Feigenbaum born?

5. What refers to the spread of momentum between particles of matter, usually in the liquid state?

Short Essay Questions

1. How had Albert Libchaber gained fame in his career, according to the author in Chapter 7, "The Experimenter"?

2. Whose results did Albert Libchaber inadvertently recreate in Chapter 7, "The Experimenter"?

3. Who is Michael Barnsley? How is his early career described in Chapter 8, "Images of Chaos"?

4. How is the Taylor-Couette flow defined?

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

6. What problems did turbulence cause for physicists and scientists, according to the author in Chapter 5, "Strange Attractors"?

7. Describe the Mandelbrot set. To what it is closely related?

8. To whom does the author compare the background of Albert Libchaber in Chapter 7, "The Experimenter"? When was Albert Libchaber born?

9. What did Mitchell Feigenbaum determine needed to happen in Chapter 6, "Universality"? Where was he working?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Albert Libchaber's major contributions in experimental condensed matter physics. How did his discoveries relate to the Rayleigh-Benard systems?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the life and work of Stephen Smale. What contributions is Smale responsible for in the study of chaos theory?

Essay Topic 3

Define and discuss linear and nonlinear science, period-doublings and chaos. How did the scientists from the book contribute to these concepts?

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