chaos theory


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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Recent Examples on the Web Tricksters illustrate the capriciousness of nature, or perhaps even embrace chaos theory, which asserts that chaos and order are not necessarily in opposition. James Deutsch, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 June 2021 The drawing corner includes four pages covered in blue-ink sketches by Otto Rössler, a German biochemist who works on chaos theory. Marissa Fessenden, Scientific American, 21 Dec. 2012 Precisely when and where these 5-mile-wide thermals of warm buoyant air will bubble up is chaos theory, beyond the ability of even high-resolution weather models to discern. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 7 Apr. 2021 At least, that’s the idea in the mathematical world of chaos theory. Matt Simon, Wired, 25 Jan. 2021 Successful organizations are usually not built on the chaos theory and an unclear line of authority. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2020 In the early 1970s, meteorologist and mathematician Edward Norton Lorenz articulated the butterfly effect in science and launched the field of chaos theory. Nikolai Sinitsyn, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2020 Pedro Gomez, one of ESPN’s baseball gurus, started to dissect Preller’s version of chaos theory from the top. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2020 The Changing Value of Computation Today, chaos theory is part of the scientific repertoire. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, 26 May 2019

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Chaos theory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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