Alain Boutot

The Invention of Forms Chaos, Catastrophes, Fractals, Strange Attractors and Dissipative Structures

Mathematical, or so-called morphological, theories, despite their complexity and abstraction, demonstrate that modern science is not as divorced from every-day life as we are led to believe. A. Boutot reveals the more human and humble side of science. His theories thus explore the shape of clouds and mountains, from the alluring British coast to the rising smoke of a burning cigarette. A pleasant break from the technical aspects of speculative science.