Image credit: Paul Bourke, WASP, University of Western Australia
This image shows the "Lorentz attractor," a graph that represents the behavior of a simple model of Earth's weather. Weather is just one example of a chaotic system, in which seemingly irregular behavior does follow certain patterns.
To find out about chaos research, see Chaos Rules on the American Physical Society's outreach website Physics Central. For an overview of chaos theory that concisely explains the characteristics of chaotic systems, see Introduction to Chaos.
The 50 Most Important Women in Science
The 50 Most Important Women in Science, from the November 2002 issue of Discover Magazine, identifies 50 of the most extraordinary women across all of the sciences. Of these, 16 are in physics or physics-related fields.
You might also be interested in Women of NASA and also Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics (that is, contributions through 1976).
Also, check out the American Physical Society's downloadable booklet Physics in Your Future, which presents the exciting possibilities of a career in physics to middle and high school girls. A four-color print version is available at no charge--to order a copy, go to the link just above.