View Full Version : The Secret life of Chaos

Peerie Maa
12-09-2010, 07:10 PM
Re run of a good series on BeeB 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pv1c3

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?

Its all in the maths, about how maths predict patterns.

Uncle Duke
12-09-2010, 07:56 PM
BBC says "not in our area? Not for you!!!"

Peerie Maa
12-10-2010, 12:24 PM
BBC says "not in our area? Not for you!!!"

I was afraid of that.
The programme discussed stuff like the maths of Animal Coat Pattern Formation (http://www.popmath.org.uk/rpamaths/rpampages/leopard.html), Mandelbrot maths, and other examples of where simple formulae demonstrate the development of complexity out of chaos.
This is a clip featured in the programme

All of which demonstrates that the principle of irreproducible complexity is fallacious.
Hopefully the series may be aired on a channel near you.

Milo Christensen
12-10-2010, 02:38 PM
Have you ever run the biomorph simulation first presented by Dawkins in The Blind Watchmaker? Just amazing the variety and complexity from only 8 to 15 genes. Also very interesting to watch is the unpredictability of changing the length of time a single gene operates during development.

Bruce Taylor
12-10-2010, 02:47 PM
BBC says "not in our area? Not for you!!!"

Here ya go:


Another excellent BBC series:

The Cell: The Hidden Kingdom (part 1/6) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeygTtDx2W8) (The other parts are all available on YouTube).

12-10-2010, 04:26 PM

A site with connections to download the show and a few other things.

Bruce Taylor
12-11-2010, 11:41 AM
Watched it with my 11-year-old, last night.

Very good stuff. Y>