Chaos and the Court
Glenn Harlan Reynolds
University of Tennessee College of Law
Columbia Law Review, Vol. 91, p. 110, 1991
Inspired by Laurence Tribe's "The Curvature of Constitutional Space," this Essay looks at some constitutional theorists' desire for certainty and predictability in law, and notes that such certainty and predictability is much less available even in the hard sciences than is generally believed, with simple and determinate systems sometimes producing wildly unpredictable results. It suggests that predictability of results may be a difficult goal for legal theorists, and offers some thoughts on alternative approaches.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: chaos, complexity theory, Laurence Tribe, Robert Bork, constitutional law
Date posted: March 26, 2007