Why is it so hard to predict the weather? Why is a 10-day forecast so hard to believe, and should I believe The Farmer's Almanac? Chaos theory tells us that extreme sensitivity to minute details -- the so called "butterfly effect" -- is found all around us, in fields as diverse as engineering, biology, economics and also meteorology and weather forecasting. Join Erik Bollt, Clarkson professor of mathematics, in a fascinating tour of chaos science. Using simple arguments, intriguing video clips and technological toys, he will discuss how, countering intuition, some aspects of chaos are regular and predictable, enabling us to deal with it in some cases, even tame it, in many others.
Produced by Kim Villemaire.