👋 Hey friends,
last week we have discovered how Calculus shapes the world around us and how we can understand nature by reading the language of differential equations, vector calculus, integral calculus and much more. And although I originally planed to continue writing about either Steve Jobs or Calculus I today want to share with you the beauty of mathematical chaos theory a study of math of which I was inspired of by Steven Strogatz.
Chaos theory is a branch of mathematics that studies the behavior of nonlinear systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions. It seeks to understand how small changes in a system's initial conditions can lead to vastly different outcomes over time, and how seemingly random behavior can actually be the result of complex, deterministic processes.
⛈️ Weather in math
One example of a chaotic system is the weather. Meteorologists use complex models to try to predict the weather, but even small changes in initial conditions can quickly lead to vastly different outcomes. For example, a slight change in the temperature or humidity in one location can lead to changes in air pressure, which can in turn affect the movement of air masses and ultimately lead to changes in the weather. This sensitivity to initial conditions makes it almost impossible to predict the weather with absolute accuracy more than a few days in advance.
👩⚕️ The pendulum
Another example of a chaotic system is the double pendulum. This system consists of two pendulums connected to each other, with the second pendulum hanging from the end of the first. When the double pendulum is set in motion, its behavior becomes highly unpredictable and seemingly random. Small changes in the initial conditions, such as the starting angles and velocities of the pendulums, can lead to wildly different outcomes, with the pendulums swinging in completely different directions and at different speeds.
📈 The Stock market
A third example of a chaotic system is the stock market. The stock market is influenced by a vast number of factors, from global economic trends to the actions of individual investors. The behavior of the stock market is highly complex and difficult to predict, with even minor fluctuations in one stock or one sector of the market potentially leading to large-scale changes in the market as a whole.
Despite the seemingly random and unpredictable nature of chaotic systems, chaos theory has been used to understand and predict the behavior of these systems in various fields. For example, scientists have used chaos theory to better understand turbulence in fluids, the behavior of heart cells, and the dynamics of ecosystems. Mathematicians have also used chaos theory to study the behavior of iterated maps and fractals, which have applications in computer graphics and animation.
In conclusion, chaos theory provides a framework for understanding the behavior of complex, nonlinear systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions. By studying the behavior of chaotic systems, we can gain insight into the underlying processes that give rise to seemingly random behavior. While chaotic systems are often difficult to predict or control, the study of chaos theory has led to advances in a wide range of fields, from meteorology to finance to biology.
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The world of complex analysis: Complex Numbers
Embark on a fascinating journey through the depths of Complex Analysis. Get ready to uncover the hidden secrets of complex functions, understand the power of holomorphic functions, and broaden your mathematical knowledge. Join me and explore the beauty, elegance, and utility of Complex Analysis, and gain new insights into mathematics and its applications. This first episode covers most of the basics but be ready to dive into the details very soon...
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"Chaos is the score upon which reality is written."
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