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Chaos and Fractals
- Serious study of chaos began with Edward Lorenz's simplified three-equation model of the atmosphere. Visit Chaos and Fractals for a brief overview of chaos theory, including how Lorenz discovered "sensitive dependence on initial conditions", also known as "the butterfly effect." When he discovered this, he knew that long-range weather forecasting would never succeed.
To learn more about Lorenz and also about the chaos of population dynamics, see Chaos Rules, from the American Physical Society outreach website Physics Central.
- June 8, 2011 - June 22, 2011