The Beauty of Chaos is in its deceptive appearance. Scientific chaos looks disorganized, and can even pass the statistical tests for randomness. Despite this, chaos has an underlying order that can even be predicted in the short term. Delve into some chaos theory while you're here.
Chaos begins with logic, the formalization of a mathematical equation. Art, too, begins with logic. Formalize the rules of logic into a mathematical formula, plot the result, and you will have created a fractal. Add to this self-similar design the element of human consciousness, and you will have created once-only chaos art.
In the words of Julius Caesar,
In bello parvis momentis magni casus intercedunt.This sounds uncannily like Lorenz' butterfly effect, which pop chaologists love to discuss in the first chapters of their books, because the concept is so easy to get their brains around. Lorenz, of course, was referring to weather, and Caesar, as always, was referring to war. But both nailed a key point in chaos theory: everything depends on that initial small event, or control parameter.
Whether or not you believe that Cicero flapping his lips in ancient Rome can cause your webmaster to break out in a rash in present day Los Angeles, I bring you the fun side of Latin. See for yourself. No one is going to belt you if you still don't know the difference between ablative and accusative.
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