It turns out that chaos theory answers a question that mankind has asked for millennia – how did we get here?

Ever since that iconic scene in Jurassic Park, where Jeff Golbum’s character explains “chaos theory” with a glass of water, the idea has had an enduring appeal.

So when I recently came across The Secret Life of Chaos (via Jason Silva) I was suitably intrigued:

Watch the rest of the series here.

From the BBC:

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 mindbending, 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.

For more science, check out The Elegant Universe.

Feature photo: sirwiseowl.

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