High Anxieties: The Mathematics of Chaos

  • Starts February 17, 2011 @ 10:00 pm
  • Ends February 18, 2011 @ 12:00 am
  • Location Presentation Room, Student Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga

Join Mississauga Freethought Association and UTM Mathematical and Computational Science Society for a free screening of “The Mathematics of Chaos”. The documentary looks at the modern advances in mathematics and how they affect our understanding of physics, economics, environmental issues and human psychology.

The film looks at how developments in 20th Century mathematics have affected our view of the world, and particularly how the financial economy and earth’s environment are now seen as inherently unpredictable. The film looks at the influence the work of Henri Poincare and Alexander Lyapunov had on later developments in mathematics. It includes interviews with David Ruelle, about chaos theory and turblence, the economist Paul Ormerod about the unpredictability of economic systems, and James Lovelock the founder of Gaia theory about climate change and tipping points in the environment.
As we approach tipping points in both the economy and the climate, the film examines the mathematics we have been reluctant to face up to and asks if, even now, we would rather bury our heads in the sand rather than face harsh truths.

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