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.
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