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The future rarely turns out exactly as we planned. Marcus du Sautoy, The Code III: Prediction, BBC 2011
Our lives are controlled by the strangest code of all – the code of chaos. ibid.
History is much more the product of chaos than of conspiracy. Zbigniew Brzezinski
I don’t think other people in the world would share the view there is mounting chaos. Jim Callaghan
Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos. Mary Shelley
We seem to inhabit a universe made up of a small number of elements – particles – bits that swirl in chaotic clouds, occasionally clustering together in geometrically logical temporary configurations. Timothy Leary, Chaos & Cyber Culture
There is a strange and unexpected relationship between order and chaos. Professor Jim Al-Khalili, The Secret Life of Chaos, BBC 2011
Alan Turin was a remarkable man – one of the greatest mathematicians who ever lived. He discovered many of the fundamental ideas that underpin the modern computer. Also during the second world war he worked here at Bletchley Park. ibid.
Chaos is one of the most overused words in English. But in science it has a very specific meaning. It says that a system that is completely described by mathematical equations is more than capable of being unpredictable without any outside interference whatever. ibid.
The Butterfly Effect ... started turning up everywhere. ibid.
Unpredictability was hardwired into every aspect of the world we live in. ibid.
To be scared of chaos in pointless. It is woven into the basic laws of physics. ibid.
The discovery of chaos was a real turning point in the history of science. As it tore down the Newtonian dream, scientists began to look more favourably at Turin and Bellusov’s work on spontaneous pattern formation. And perhaps more importantly as they did so they realised something truly astonishing: that there was a very deep and unexpected link – a truly cosmic connection – between Nature’s strange power to self organise and the chaotic consequences of the butterfly effect. ibid.
They discovered that the natural world could be deeply, profoundly unpredictable. That the very same things that make it unpredictable also allow it to create pattern and structure. Order and chaos – seems the two are more deeply linked than we could have ever imagined. ibid.
Underlying nearly all the shapes in the natural world is a mathematical principle known as Self Similarity. ibid.
Turin’s patterns, Bellusov’s reactions and Mandelbrot’s fractals are all signposts pointing to a deep underlying natural principle. ibid.
The only geniuses produced by the chaos of society are those who do something about it. Chaos breeds geniuses. It offers a man something to be a genius about. B F Skinner, Walden Two
I work much better in chaos. I couldn’t work in an absolutely tidy studio. Francis Bacon, cited The Art of Francis Bacon
They’ll be the rulers of the chaos. Romanzo Criminale 2005 starring Kim Rossi Stuart & Anna Mouglalis & Pierfrancesco Favino & Claudio Santamaria & Stefano Accorsi & Jasmine Trinca et al, director Michele Placido, chief rozzer
We live in a rainbow of chaos. Paul Cezanne
Chaos, a rough and unordered mass. Ovid, Metamorphoses
Lo! thy dread empire, Chaos! is restored;
Light dies before thy uncreating word:
Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtains fall;
And universal darkness buries all. Alexander Pope, The Dunciad, 1742
And I proceeded to where things were chaotic. And I saw there something horrible: I saw neither a heaven above nor a firmly founded earth, but a place chaotic and horrible. And there I saw seven stars of the heaven bound together in it, like great mountains and burning with fire. And he said unto me: ‘This place is the prison of the angels, and here they will be imprisoned for ever.’ Enoch 1:21:1-4
I think frankly when it comes to chaos you ain’t seen nothing yet. Nigel Farage
There was a time when my whole life was in chaos, really, and I didn't help myself sort it out. But one day I came to my senses, and I think I was lucky because a lot of people don’t. Billy Idol
This is chaos in slow motion. Panorama: Europe's Border Crisis: The Long Road, BBC 2015
It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment, which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos. Manly Palmer Hall
Why is the universe the way it is? Why does it follow rules and laws? Why is there order instead of chaos? Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design: The Key to the Cosmos, Discovery 2012
I enjoy chaos and disorder – not just because they help me professionally. George Carlin, Jammin’ in New York, HBO 1992
Booze isn’t really your drug of choice anyway. You’re addicted to chaos. Changing Lanes 2002 starring Ben Affleck & Samuel L Jackson & William Hurt & Kim Staunton & Toni Collette & Sydney Pollack & Tina Sloan & Richard Jenkins & Akil Walker & Cole Hawkins & Ileen Getz & Jennifer Dundas Lowe et al, director Roger Michell
Passengers, this is not a shoe, this is disorder. This is size ten chaos … We must all of us in this train of life remain in our allotted station. Snowpiercer 2013 starring Chris Evans & Song Kang-ho & Tilda Swinton & Jamie Bell & Octavia Spencer & Ewan Bremner & John Hurt & Ed Harris & Go Ah-sung & Luke Pasqualino & Alison Pill et al, director Bong Joon-ho, Minister Mason
The chaos that they’re going to have to bring about in order to change us over into the New World Order system they want is the only thing that will in some way free things up for a change to happen in a different direction. The Corbett Report online 2018 ‘Can Chaos Be Good’
They’re destabilising from the ground up. Chaos. Killing Eve s1e5, Frank, BBC 2018
Chaos seems to follow you wherever you go. The Trial of Christine Keeler I, Stephen to Christine, BBC 2019
When a continent enters into chaos, that’s when opportunities open up … For a small surcharge we can even send in teams of our own to deal with specific targets: assassinations, fake terror plots, even the odd coup. The Night Manager V, novel John Le Carre, starring Tom Hiddleston & Hugh Laurie & Olivia Colman & Tom Hollander & Elizabeth Debicki & Alistair Petrie & Natasha Little & Douglas Hodge & David Harewood & Tobias Menzies & Antonio de la Toree et al, director Susanne Bier, 2016
But when the scientists did this, the computers began to reveal something they hadn’t expected. One tiny change in their equations could have massive catastrophic consequences which they could never have predicted: it was called Chaos Theory. Chaos Theory had a very powerful influence in the West because it rose up at the very moment the Soviet Union was collapsing. And it seemed to explain why all attempts at revolution had led to disaster: the world was just too complex for human beings to change in a predictable way. Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head VI Are We a Pigeon? Or Are We Dancer? ***** BBC 2021
Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. Saul Bellow