It’s a good read. I skimmed it but it looked readable.
I didn’t expect it to take the direction it did though. I think you could read the first 1/3 (before it starts talking about math specifics) and get what’s important out of it.
But the gist seems to be that we only see the patterns that we’re capable of seeing with our tools. There are many tools in mathematics to see with and each sees things differently. But the multiverse is unnecessary because chaos takes care of those differences not only just fine but better.
Yeah, I’d have focused on the benefits of a chaotic point of view (emergent properties of a system) along with the psychology behind pattern-finding and whatever that thing is where you find only what you’re looking for.
But yeah – I think it was well done, even if they went in a different direction than I would have.
Yeah that. I always forget the name of it. It’s like the people who see the universe as made of math. Well, what tools are they using to look into the universe with? Math. So of course for THEM, the universe is made of math because that’s what they use to look into the universe with.
I think of math with physics as pragmatic. It’s very useful that we can describe many complex things using mathematics and can engineer with this knowledge. But I couldn’t take the leap of faith necessary to turn it into a new pythagoraean religion. I _almost_ did a few times: some of the science educators are very convincing… but thankfully the skeptic in me always was ready with a “yeah… but…”
I get a fangirl response to fractal dimensions. I remember seeing my first procedurally generated landscapes in 80s done on Cray Supercomputers (oooh ah, oh.. woah… the name is still magic to me tbh) and then years later, easily available on any home PC, it was exciting. [inbetween I just played with FRACTINT (Fractal maker) on my 286 waiting for consumer computers to get better.
But damn they still have a long way to go.
How it relates to chaos theory? Just take away the fractal algorithms but have the same concept of partial dimensions.
Reading now. Never heard of Nautil . us until 1/2 hour ago. Someone else posted elsewhere this article from them: Seems to be something I’d like too [this type of stuff]. They may have gained a new fan.
Not a bad overview at all. Had a bit much of the “ooh, isn’t this spooky and mindbending” but i loved the comics and clear analogies used.