Whispers of chaos

“Warnings of chaos are everywhere, even in the nursery. The warning that a kingdom could be lost for the want of a nail can be traced back to the 14th century; the following version of the familiar nursery rhyme was published in Poor’s Richard Almanack in 1758 by Benjamin Franklin:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For want of a shoe the horse was lost,
and for want of a horse the rider was lost,
being overtaken and slain by the enemy,
all for the want of a horse-shoe nail.

We do not seek to explain the seed of instability with chaos, but rather to describe the growth of uncertainty after the initial seed is sown.” (1)

  1. Leonard Smith. Chaos — A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2007.

  2 comments for “Whispers of chaos

  1. October 19, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Hi, Again reading to you

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