The Resource Chaos, Science and The Unexpected, Presented by David Suzuki

Chaos, Science and The Unexpected, Presented by David Suzuki

Label
Chaos, Science and The Unexpected
Title
Chaos, Science and The Unexpected
Statement of responsibility
Presented by David Suzuki
Contributor
Director
Director
Production company
Producer
Producer
Speaker
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This beautifully photographed science film makes visible the abstract concepts of what is predictable and what is random in nature and explores the state called chaos that lies at the borderline between these two extremes. David Suzuki draws upon experts in computer science, mathematics, meteorology, physics and biology. We hear from Benoit Mandlebrot who first linked geometry with the computer age in his study of "fractals." Fractal geometry describes diverse natural phenomena as consisting of simple geometric shapes repeated over and over again, in small scale and large scale. Thus, we are shown how the shape of a huge oak tree is repeated even in the veins of the leaf. The film addresses the "Butterfly Affect", an idea that is sweeping through many branches of science. The breathing of a butterfly, the theory goes, can change the path of a storm because minute initial differences can escalate dramatically over time. Through the use of supercomputers, the Newtonian view of the clockwork universe is being challenged. This information-packed film will stimulate discussion, not only in science classes but also in the humanities
Awards note
  • American Psychological Association, 1992
  • Gold Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival, 1993
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
Language note
  • In English
  • Original language in English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1936-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Bassett, John
  • Bassett, John
  • Suzuki, David
  • Bassett, John
  • Bassett, John
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Runtime
45
Series statement
Nature of Things
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Chaotic behavior in systems
  • Fractals
  • Nonlinear theories
  • System theory
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Nature
  • Computers
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics
Target audience
adult
Label
Chaos, Science and The Unexpected, Presented by David Suzuki
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed March 29, 2016)
Carrier category
  • other
  • online resource
Carrier category code
  • vz
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (45 minutes)
Form of item
online
Media category
  • video
  • computer
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
  • c
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (VaAlASP)2403332
  • (OCoLC)885256272
  • (VaAlASP)ASP2403332/marc
  • (EXLCZ)994340000000138722
Video recording format
other
Label
Chaos, Science and The Unexpected, Presented by David Suzuki
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed March 29, 2016)
Carrier category
  • other
  • online resource
Carrier category code
  • vz
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (45 minutes)
Form of item
online
Media category
  • video
  • computer
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
  • c
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (VaAlASP)2403332
  • (OCoLC)885256272
  • (VaAlASP)ASP2403332/marc
  • (EXLCZ)994340000000138722
Video recording format
other

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