strange attractor

noun

Definition of strange attractor

mathematics
: 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Strange attractor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strange%20attractor. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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