Life After Chaos

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Science  02 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5411, pp. 83-86
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5411.83

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After years of hunting for examples of chaos in the wild, ecologists have come up mostly empty-handed. But the same mathematical techniques that failed to find chaos are turning up stunning insights into how the fiendishly complex interactions of organisms with their own kind, with other species, and with weather send populations on erratic trajectories.