Chaos in your iPhone!
October 30, 2010 — Tim Jones, Ph.D. candidate, developed an educational app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch called “Chaos Lab”. With a tilt of the device, users control the parameters of beautiful mathematical objects called strange attractors, the reaction rates of a chemical oscillator, the position of two stars in a 3-body chaos simulation, and the shape of the Julian fractal.
Chaos Lab comes loaded with four of the most stunning attractors in chaos theory. The Rössler and Lorenz attractors are well known, but the Thomas and Newton-Leipnik attractors are relatively new and quite amazing!
The App is free and can be downloaded from iTunes (Chaos Lab). This work has been supported in part by grant PHY-0754081 from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Nonlinear Dynamics Research Group at Drexel University (directed by Dr. Robert Gilmore), and the Department of Physics at Drexel University.