Chaos theory as we know it today emerged somewhere in the 1970s, depending upon which authority you choose to believe. The ideas are not new, however. From the minds of ancient philosophers, orators, even emperors, came:
Incidentally, the term "fractal" was coined in 1975 by Benoit Mandelbrot, and comes from the Latin word fractus, the perfect participle passive of the verb frangere, meaning "to break, shatter, or break down".
High school and college Latin were similar for me in that every day, without fail, we would be assaulted with a pop quiz. Back then, I failed to see the humor in hearing the words "It's time for the POP quiz!" every morning at 8:00 a.m. There was no pop, just the terrifying quiz part. We knew it was coming and it was still too hard.
In retrospect, being thrown so many "surprise" challenges was a great character-building experience. I thought I'd share that experience with you with a short quiz you can take without the fear of having an eraser hurled at your head.
Coming soon: a place to post your favorite tales of Latin triumphs and traumas.
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