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In reading books on the Chaos Theory, it is suggested that there is a constant pattern in nature. Do you think this is true? If so can it be proven through science or math? We checked the archives.

Observations of nature do seem to indicate some reasonably consistent patterns. Still, virtually every attempt at modeling these patterns using mathematics is based on simplifying assumptions. Since there will always be mathematical statements that cannot be proved within a given system of rules, it is unlikely that we will ever be able to "prove" anything about nature or the sciences that describe it, in a pure sense. A reasonable educational goal for students of science is that they come to a realization that literally every law or formula given is subject to some limitations. Indeed, the study of chaotic behavior in relation to the models of science shows us that these models are all flawed to some degree, especially if we need data as inputs to these models to use them in a recursive way.

For an excellent film on observations of consistent patterns in nature with no mathematical prerequisites, I recommend "The Shape of Things" in the NOVA series from public television (available in larger libraries?)


I think that your question needs a little more discussion. When you say, "a constant pattern in nature", what do you have in mind? What would you look for if you were looking for a constant pattern?


Chaos theory does not claim that there is a constant pattern in nature, but rather that systems with elements of randomness can still organize themselves into structures which have order.

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