Chaos

[Revised entry by Robert Bishop on October 13, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The big news about chaos is supposed to be that the smallest of changes in a system can result in very
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[Revised entry by Robert Bishop on October 13, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The big news about chaos is supposed to be that the smallest of changes in a system can result in very large differences in that system's behavior. The so-called butterfly effect has become one of the most popular images of chaos. The idea is that the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Argentina could cause a tornado in Texas three weeks later. By contrast, in an identical copy of the world sans the Argentinian butterfly, no such storm would have arisen in Texas. The mathematical version of this property is known as sensitive...

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News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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