High Anxieties: The Mathematics Of Chaos
How have developments in mathematics over the past 40 years changed our understanding of the fundamental nature of the world we live in.
The film looks at the influential work of Henri Poincare and Alexander Lyapunov and the effects they had on later developments in mathematics. It includes interviews with David Ruelle, about chaos theory and turbulence, 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.