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What is Chaos theory?

  1. Mar 1, 2004 #1
    what is the chaos theory all about??
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  3. Mar 1, 2004 #2


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    Chaos! To be more specific, processes where very small changes in input give wildly different outputs. Weather forecasting more than a day or so in advance is a typical example.
  4. Mar 2, 2004 #3


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    For clarification, deterministic systems with great sensitivity in initial conditions. Random effects don't count. Mathematically defined as a positive lyapunov exponent - showing an exponential divergence in initial conditions. Philosophically significant as a way complex effects may be explained in terms of simple ones.

    This doesn't really belong here. Chaos is pretty mainstream these days.
  5. Mar 3, 2004 #4
    try finding Gleick's book, its very interesting stuff, nothing too math heavy, but gives a good introduction to what chaos theory is about and how it developed.
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