Contributed by
Pierre Arnoux
I do not completely agree with your review. The allusion to Chaos
theory and the fractal curves shown at the beginning of each chapter are just that: fashionable allusions.
But there is a very meaningful piece of math in the book, which is an important part of the plot (of course disappeared in the movie):
At some moment, we are shown the curve of the weights of some animals (around page 170180) of the pocket edition); the man in charge
of the park explains it is a normal curve, and the mathematician says that it is a problem; he elaborates 40 pages later, by explaining that it would be impossible to find such a normal curve for an artificial population as this one. This is the first moment where we begin to understand that things are going very wrong, and it is a turning point in the book.
Although the terminology is a bit fuzzy (Poisson normal distribution), I find that the reasoning is sound, and a good elementary application of mathematical modeling to discuss the properties of an ecological system; I often use it in a probability course as example.
