In applied mathematics it is of the greatest importance to solve equations. These solutions provide information on key quantities and allow us to give specific answers to scientific problems. ‘Do you know the way to solve equations? Spinning tops and chaotic rabbits’ describes the ways to solve equations and differential equations, outlining the key work of mathematicians Sofia Kovalevskaya, Pierre-Simon Laplace, Paul Painlevé, and Henri Poincaré, whose discovery led to the birth of the theory of chaos and dynamical systems. The difference between an exact and a numerical solution is also explained. Numerical analysis has become the principal tool for querying and solving scientific models.