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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 1 (1997), Issue 1, Pages 9-15

Chaos: Challenges from and to socio-spatial form and policy

Urban and Transportation Dynamics Laboratory, 107 Marvin Hall, The University of Kansas, Lawrence 66045-2250, KS, USA

Received 9 October 1996

Copyright © 1997 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A brief assessment is given of the major accomplishments made through the mathematics of chaos to the understanding of socio-spatial dynamics to date. Certain shortfalls are also presented, mostly associated with model testing and falsifiability which transcend socio-spatial dynamics. Beyond such shortcomings, lie an array of challenges for chaotic dynamics involving specifically socio-spatial form and policy. A few directions on meeting these challenges are suggested including the case of limited chaos.