Some alternative formulations of Chaos, taken from Chaos: Making a New Science, by James Gleick
The complicated, aperiodic, attracting orbits of certain (usually low-dimensional) dynamical systems.
- Philip Holmes
A kind of order without periodicity.
A rapidly expanding field of research to which mathematicians, physicists, hydrodynamicists, ecologists and many others have all made important contributions.
A newly recognized and ubiquitous class of natural phenomena.
- Hao Bai-Lin
Apparently random recurrent behaviour in a simple deterministic (clockwork-like) system.
- H. Bruce Stewart
The irregular, unpredictable behaviour of deterministic, nonlinear dynamical systems.
- Roderick V. Jensen
Dynamics with positive, but finite, metric entropy. The translation from mathese is: behaviour that produces information (amplifies small uncertainties), but is not utterly unpredictable.
- James Crutchfield
Dynamics freed at last from the shackles of order and predictability…Systems liberated to randomly explore their every dynamical possibility… Exciting variety, richness of choice, a cornucopia of opportunity.
- Joseph Ford