chaos theory

noun

Definition of chaos theory 

: a branch of mathematical and physical theory that deals with the nature and consequences of chaos and chaotic systems

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In his scholarly work, Dr. Katok ventured into areas that embraced some of the most intriguing aspects of modern mathematics, including what has been called chaos theory. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Anatole Katok, mathematician who explored chaos theory, dies at 73," 9 May 2018 That’s what chaos theory guy (Jeff Goldblum) seems to promise in the trailer. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom': Dinosaurs eat all the right people, but movie is more appetizer than meal," 20 June 2018 The President is taking his political chaos theory beyond America's borders and racking up wins for his faithful political base. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump hopes America First abroad leads to wins at home," 11 May 2018 The technique works so well, in fact, that Ott and some of the other Maryland researchers now intend to use chaos theory as a way to better understand the internal machinations of neural networks. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos," 21 Apr. 2018 Fans all over social media have made the connection between the butterfly effect and Stormi’s name, pointing out chaos theory in the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings can create a storm somewhere far away. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "From True to Stormi, Chicago, Saint and Reign: Decoding the Names of All the KarJenner Kids," 17 Apr. 2018 But that’s about where the chaos theory ended in this NCAA tournament. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Final Four Field Is Set: Sister Jean and the Ramblers Will Be Joined by Trio of Elites," 25 Mar. 2018 Well, in chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the phenomenon where a small change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Fans Have Decoded How Stormi Webster’s Name IS Actually Connected to Butterflies," 9 Feb. 2018 Fans’ keen observations connected the butterfly motifs and Stormi’s name, pointing out chaos theory in the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings can create a storm somewhere far away. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Says She's 'Terrified' of the Insect That Fans Think Inspired Her Daughter's Name," 9 Feb. 2018

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