Understanding Chaos Theory in Literature

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Chaos: A Short Introduction Chaos: A Short Introduction by Lenny Smith is a book which does a large service to readers everywhere, in making something as intricate as chaos theory accessible to lay audiences. Readers are able to gain a better understanding of the world they live in as well as comprehensive yet simple overview of what chaos is and how it impacts or plays a part in their reality, even if readers don't have a strong background in mathematics or the physical sciences. The book goes comfortably in depth to explain that chaos is a property of dynamical systems and that dynamical systems exist all around the world in a range scenarios. A dynamical system is defined in the book as "nothing more than a source of changing observations" (Smith, 2007). The key to understanding chaos is the ability to understand it through perspective. For instance, chaos in the economy can be observed through the price of IBM stock or the earth's atmosphere via the Pacific Ocean. One could argue that chaos is as old as the human race itself, and that human beings have always been away of the presence of chaos within dynamic systems, even if they were unable to verbalize such things. For instance, Edgar Allen Poe notes how the writer realized that a human being merely waving his hands could be felt all around the universe (Smith, 2007). This simple notion actually encompasses a more sophisticated awareness of how seemingly "random" acts impact the predictability of evens within
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