Chaos Theory Quotes

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Terry Pratchett
“In fact, the mere act of opening the box will determine the state of the
cat, although in this case there were three determinate states the cat
could be in: these being Alive, Dead, and Bloody Furious.”
Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

Neil Gaiman
“It used to be thought that the events that changed the world were things like big bombs, maniac politicians, huge earthquakes, or vast population movements, but it has now been realized that this is a very old-fashioned view held by people totally out of touch with modern thought. The things that really change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe.”
Neil Gaiman, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Michael Crichton
“They believed that prediction was just a function of keeping track of things. If you knew enough, you could predict anything. That's been cherished scientific belief since Newton.'
And?'
Chaos theory throws it right out the window.”
Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park

Connie Willis
“The amazing thing is that chaotic systems don't always stay chaotic," Ben said, leaning on the gate. "Sometimes they spontaneously reorganize themselves into an orderly structure."

"They suddenly become less chaotic?" I said, wishing that would happen at HiTek.

"No, that's the thing. They become more and more chaotic until they reach some sort of chaotic critical mass. When that happens, they spontaneously reorganize themselves at a higher equilibrium level. It's called self-organized criticality.”
Connie Willis, Bellwether

محمد متولي الشعراوي
“هل هي مصادفة؟! إن للمصادفة كذلك قانوناً يستحيل معه أن تتوافر هذه الموافقات كلها من قبيل المصادفة - فلا يبقى إلا أن هنالك مدبراً يخلق الذكر والأنثى لحكمة مرسومة وغاية معلومة - فلا مجال للمصادفة، ولا مكان للتلقائية في نظام هذا الوجود أصلاً.”
محمد متولي الشعراوي, تفسير جزء عم

Alice Hoffman
“I knew the power of a single wish, after all. Invisible and inevitable, like a butterfly that beats its wings in one corner of the globe and with that single action changes the weather halfway across the world.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen

James Gleick
“But unpredictability was not the reason physicists and mathematicians began taking pendulums seriously again in the sixties and seventies. Unpredictability was only the attention-grabber. Those studying chaotic dynamics discovered that the disorderly behavior of simple systems acted as a creative process. It generated complexity: richly organized patterns, sometimes stable and sometimes unstable, sometimes finite and sometimes infinite, but always with the fascination of living things. That was why scientists played with toys.”
James Gleick, Chaos: Making a New Science

“Government succeeds by failing.”
L.K. Samuels

“Overwhelmed by life's complexity? Realize that our alphabet consists of only 26 letters, calculations are based on a set of 10 numbers, all variations in music are based on 7 musical notes, our DNA can be dissected into 4 letters and space on the Planck scale is probably made solely out of binary code”
Martijn Budel

Jennifer Crusie
“He leaned on the bar. "I'm Tony. And you owe me."
Okay, here we go, Liza thought, and leaned on the bar, too, mirroring him. "I owe you?"
"Yes." He grinned at her. "Because of chaos theory."
Liza shook her head. "Chaos theory."
He moved closer to her. "Chaos theory says that complex dynamical systems become unstable because of disturbances in their environments after which a strange attractor draws the trajectory of the stress."
Liza looked at him, incredulous. "This is your line?"
"I am a complex dynamical system," Tony said.
"Not that complex," Liza said.
"And I was stable until you caused a disturbance in my environment."
"Not that stable," Liza said.
Tony grinned. "And since you're the strangest attractor in the room, I followed the trajectory of my stress right to you."
"That's not what you followed to me." Liza turned so that her back was against the bar, her shoulder blocking him. "Give me something better than that, or I'll find somebody else to amuse myself with."
From the corner of her eye, she saw the other guy, the vacant-looking blond, lean down to Bonnie. "Is she always like this?" he said to Bonnie, and Liza turned to size him up. Big. Husky. Boring.
"Well, your friend isn't exactly Prince Charming," Bonnie said, giving him her best fluttery smile.
He beamed back down at her. "Neither am I. Is that okay?"
Oh, come on, Liza thought, and caught Tony-the-bullethead's eye.
"He means it," Tony said. "Roger has no line."
"After the chaos theory debacle, that's a plus," Liza said.
"Poor baby," Bonnie was saying as she put her hand on Roger's sleeve. "Of course, that's okay. I'm Bonnie."
Roger looked down at her with naked adoration. "I'm Roger, and you are the most beautiful woman I've ever seen in my life."
Bonnie's smile widened, and she moved closer to him.
"Which doesn't mean he's bad with women," Tony said, sounding bemused.”
Jennifer Crusie, Bet Me

Catherine McKenzie
“They say that if a butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian rain forest, it can change the weather half a world away. Chaos theory. What it means is that everything that happens in this moment is an accumulation of everything that’s come before it. Every breath. Every thought. There is no innocent action. Some actions end up having the force of a tempest. Their impact cannot be missed. Others are the blink of an eye. Passing by unnoticed. Perhaps only God knows which is which.

All I know today is that you can think that what you’ve done is only the flap of a butterfly wing, when it’s really a thunderclap. And both can result in a hurricane.”
Catherine McKenzie, Fractured

Johnny Rich
“That small difference made all the difference.”
Johnny Rich

Avijeet Das
“The fakirs always throng the sea-shore
To find meaning in the chaos
And then they too become melancholy
Feeling nothing but their naked toes.”
Avijeet Das

John le Carré
“I am still making order out of chaos by reinvention”
John le Carre, Conversations With John le Carré

Herbert A. Simon
“... although the future is not predictable in any detail, it is manageable as an aggregate phenomenon.”
Herbert A. Simon, The Sciences of the Artificial

Jean-François Lyotard
“Postmodern science - by concerning itself with such things as undecidables, the limits of precise control, conflicts characterized by incomplete information, "fracta", catastrophes, and pragmatic paradoxes - is theorizing its own evolution as discontinuous, catastrophic, nonrectifiable, and paradoxical.”
Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge

James Gleick
“It’s not an academic question any more to ask what’s going to happen to a cloud. People very much want to know—and that means there’s money available for it. That problem is very much within the realm of physics and it’s a problem very much of the same caliber. You’re looking at something complicated, and the present way of solving it is to try to look at as many points as you can, enough stuff to say where the cloud is, where the warm air is, what its velocity is, and so forth. Then you stick it into the biggest machine you can afford and you try to get an estimate of what it’s going to do next. But this is not very realistic.”
James Gleick, Chaos: Making a New Science

“Control is a thinly veiled illusion that deceives and seduces mankind.”
Charles Paterson

Tom Golway
“In the post-Covid world, the mathematics of chaos theory will experience a greater relevancy as it is applied across a broader set of science disciplines, especially epidemiology, precision medicine and climate science. - Tom Golway”
Tom Golway

“This is the essence of mixing. Expressed informally, ‘mixing is if we can get everywhere from anywhere’.”
Peitgen Jürgens Saupe

H.L. Balcomb
“Change requires one to start now here or nowhere. Both places require one to pass through the same starting point – today, right now” from Cinderella In Focus”
H.L. Balcomb

A.E. Samaan
“If God were mortal and had but one life to give, he would have been more careful about how he created the world.”
A.E. Samaan

“In short, the idea dawns that the one universal principle which possibly ... between force and structure, the embodiment of the Principle of Least Action and the (unknown) force, which in mathematics is known as the attractor which pulls ... in the direction of the most optimal and relatively stable self-organized criticality, could very well be the Golden Ratio dynamic. the universal principle which as the balance between finiteness and infinity, stability and flexibility underlies self-similar fractal forms emerging at the 'edge of chaos' indeed seems to be the Golden Ratio Spiral.”
Marja de Vries, The Whole Elephant Revealed: Insights into the existence and operation of Universal Laws and the Golden Ratio

Oliver Oyanadel
“We all should fear God: because if so far God so wished, then what's next?”
Oliver Oyanadel

Eric  Fisher
“The consciousness naturally spots between the two patterns a teleological impression that appears to aspire towards an involuted and intricate order. The organic plant achieves this mysterious becoming better than the non-organic one…”
Eric Fisher, Compost Teas for the Organic Grower

Mark Buchanan
“These are all problems in non-equilibrium physics, the physics of complex systems, or, to coin a new term historical physics. If the laws of physics are ultimately simple, why is the world so complex? Why don't eco-systems and economies reveal the same simplicity as Newton's laws? The answer, in a word, is history.”
Mark Buchanan, Ubiquity – The Physics of Complex Systems

Moses Yuriyvich Mikheyev
“There is no rhyme or reason for any of it. Life is just a casino—numbers, probabilities, and cigarette smoke—that is all we are. Life is like this. You walk into a casino. You walk over to the bar and the bartender gives you two shots of cheap whiskey. You walk in hungry, tired. Maybe you’re already a bit drunk. The whiskey goes straight to your head and you light a cigarette—you know, to calm the nerves. You walk over to a craps table. But with all of the smoke, with your eyes blurry from the alcohol, you can hardly tell what it is. Nonetheless, the dice are rolled. Nobody asks you any questions. They roll the dice and whatever the number is, that’s how long you have to play. That’s life. Just a numbers game.”
Moses Yuriyvich Mikheyev, Bodies: A Romantic Bloodbath

Tom Golway
“An issue with current data science methodologies is that the impact of contextual awareness is underestimated since the problem is much more complex. At times we incorrectly equate correlation with causation based on incomplete data or lack of understanding sensitive dependencies between data sets. - Tom Golway”
Tom Golway

Tom Golway
“Simplistic gamification strategies applied to complex problems generally deliver unexpected results due to overlooked sensitive dependencies that can be leveraged to "game" the system. - Tom Golway 2020”
Tom Golway

Tom Golway
“Epidemiology is an ever evolving science since predictive models have significant sensitive dependencies on initial assumptions - Tom Golway”
Tom Golway

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