Have you ever wondered why rivers, mountain ranges, trees and arteries take on such similar, branching, orderly yet unpredictable patterns? How there are many types of clouds, but no two are the same? Why we still can't predict the weather perfectly, no matter how much information we have? Or how large groups of insects and animals are able to behave as a single organism, without a central planner? Did you know that all these questions are related?
In this interactive, visual-heavy conversation, we will explore one of the most important ideas of the last century: Chaos Theory. Like relativity and quantum mechanics before it, chaos theory is an earth-shaking yet intuitively appealing Big Idea that is still making its through human knowledge and endeavor, changing our world as it goes along. Once you understand chaos, you will find it everywhere.
The talk will cover the origins of chaos theory and its main subdisciplines: Chaos, Emergence and Fractals. We will talk about how these are related and how they guide the behaviors of everything from nerve growth to traffic patterns, all in a laid-back environment intended for non-specialists or casual Chaos aficionados.
The talk will be led by Venice-based Neuroscientist and Artist Leo Christov-Moore.
Please come prepared to give a donation, $10 is suggested, but you can pay as much as you like / can afford.