Justin Dowd: True Story of Nature’s Chaos

September 10, 2012

What does your future have in common with your morning coffee, hurricanes, gambling, sports and the galaxy? All are intertwined by a mysterious property of nature called chaos.

The key to chaos is the poetically named butterfly effect, which is a slight change in a chaotic system drastically effecting what happens in the long run. Weather is an example of a chaotic system. A shift in wind as subtle as air passing around a butterfly’s wings can trigger the development of a hurricane weeks later, on the other side of Earth.

Read Justin’s latest column in the Metro and view his newest chalk animation:

http://www.metro.us/boston/national/article/1151630–justin-dowd-true-story-of-nature-s-chaos