Science of Chaos or Chaos in Science?

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By Jean Bricmont, Physicalia Magazine, year 17/ 3-4 (1995), pp.159-208.

Abstract: I try to clarify several confusions in the popular literature concerning chaos, determinism, the arrow of time, entropy and the role of probability in physics. Classical ideas going back to Laplace and Boltzmann are explained and defended while some recent views on irreversibility, due to Prigogine, are criticized.

1. Introduction

2. Chaos and determinism: Defending Laplace

3. Irreversibility and the arrow of time

4. Some misconceptions about irreversibility

5. Entropies

6. Order out of Chaos ?

7.Conclusion : What makes poets happy ?

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