strange attractor

noun

Definition of strange attractor

mathematics

  1. :  the state of a mathematically chaotic system toward which the system trends :  the attractor of a mathematically chaotic system Unlike the randomness generated by a system with many variables, chaos has its own pattern, a peculiar kind of order. This pattern is known whimsically as a strange attractor, because the chaotic system seems to be strangely attracted to an ideal behavior. — Gary Taubes, Discover, May 1989

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1971

First Known Use of strange attractor

1971


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