Hugh Lovel

AT the turn of the nineteenth century, French mathematician and astronomer, Pierre-Simon La Place (1749–1827) proposed that if we only knew the starting point and the mathematical formulae we could predict all things from our present circumstance into a distant future.
Combined with Emmanuel Kant’s (1724–1804) belief that we can only know things via the five senses, the Kant/La Place cosmology became the most widely accepted world view of the 20th century.
But things started changing with mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz’s discovery in the early sixties of the ‘strange attractor’ and the ‘butterfly effect’.

Read full story in Acres Australia’s digital issue #101.