The Secret Life of Chaos

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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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  • Tooradical 4 years ago

    It doesn`t work.

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  • Let's be clear. These? scientists are not lying to us, they may not be 100% right about? everything but they are trying to find answers to very tough questions. Advanced mathematics are very complex and would be impossible to explain how they got to these theories step by step on BBC. This is the outcome of the brightest minds around the globe considering the most profound questions of the Universe not for an hour but for a life time and over generations since appox. 1800 BC.

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  • Let's be clear. These? scientists are not lying to us, they may not be 100% right about? everything but they are trying to find answers to very tough questions. Advanced mathematics are very complex and would be impossible to explain how they got to these theories step by step on BBC. This is the outcome of the brightest minds around the globe considering the most profound questions of the Universe not for an hour but for a life time and over generations since appox. 1800 BC.

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  • Matthew 5 years ago

    As an arts graduate, I love science docs, as i feel that there is a big gap in my knowledge.This is the finest science documentary i have ever seen. The 19th century anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon asserted that 'Anarchy is Order,' and then took the rest of his life attempting to explain that concept. By the end of this programme, Prof Al Khalili explains how Chaos Theory actually contains all the rules and systems to explain the existence and behaviour of everything. He goes from first principals to the most complex of ideas, but never once gets ahead of his audience, and by the end, I guarantee, that, like me, the way you view the world, existence and even how the universe came about, will be changed forever. A masterpiece.

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  • Matthew 5 years ago

    As an arts graduate, I love science docs, as i feel that there is a big gap in my knowledge.This is the finest science documentary i have ever seen. The 19th century anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon asserted that 'Anarchy is Order,' and then took the rest of his life attempting to explain that concept. By the end of this programme, Prof Al Khalili explains how Chaos Theory actually contains all the rules and systems to explain the existence and behaviour of everything. He goes from first principals to the most complex of ideas, but never once gets ahead of his audience, and by the end, I guarantee, that, like me, the way you view the world, existence and even how the universe came about, will be changed forever. A masterpiece.

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