Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand. It turns out that chaos theory answers a question that mankind has asked for millennia – how did we get here?
In this documentary, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to uncover one of the great mysteries of science – how does a universe that starts off as dust end up with intelligent life? How does order emerge from disorder? It’s a mind-bending, counterintuitive and for many people a deeply troubling idea.
But Professor Al-Khalili reveals the science behind much of beauty and structure in the natural world and discovers that far from it being magic or an act of God, it is in fact an intrinsic part of the laws of physics. Amazingly, it turns out that the mathematics of chaos can explain how and why the universe creates exquisite order and pattern. And the best thing is that one doesn’t need to be a scientist to understand it.
The natural world is full of awe-inspiring examples of the way nature transforms simplicity into complexity. From trees to clouds to humans – after watching this film you’ll never be able to look at the world in the same way again. Find out more about the secret life of chaos.
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This is one of the most amazing documentaries I have ever seen. It blew my mind!
This is one of the best things I have ever seen, hands down.
Wow! Science never fails to amaze me. Yet another superb doc from the BBC. It makes me proud to be British & I don’t say that very often.
Yeah apparently when you guys had your scientific awakening.. we had our *barf* religious awakening. Thus dampening the drive for science and creating ignorant idiots along the way. This is why america outsources minds around the world. Truthfully i see america becoming a hub for businesses and corporations with congress bending at their every whim.
This is awesome, love this video.
An excellent documentary that beautifully spawns across the 2 ends of the cosmic spectrum: Chaos and Patterns