What a makeover chaos has had. In the Bible it is mentioned alongside desolation and destruction. Shakespeare wrote of a “sin-concealing chaos,” and Newton opposed it to the laws of nature.
Then, in the last century, we decided to look more closely. The motivation, at its core, was a simple one: If there is only order and chaos, where else can order come from?
What we found recast the fallow into the fertile. At the borders between chaos and order were seeds for new insights into information, war, physiology, and physics. Structure was not just visible—it was created, transformed, and destroyed.
This strikes a hopeful note: Bits of chaos can be tamed, or at least circumscribed. But are we willing to accept that most of it never will be?
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