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Friday, April 18, 2008

The Flapping of a Butterfly

"Due to nonlinearities in weather processes, a butterfly flapping its wings in Tahiti can, in theory, produce a tornado in Kansas."

The man who said this is no more. Edward Norton Lorenz, the mathematician and the dreamer, passed away yesterday at the age of 90. May God bless his soul.

Now a little about Chaos Theory. I first came to know about it in 2004 when I watched the Ashton Kutcher starrer, The Butterfly Effect. Then, the next year, I took it up as an elective in college. The theoretical explanation for the cause of a tornado by the flapping of a butterfly wing took me to the new realm of mathematics (And of course, like any other ordinary person, I hate Maths! (pdf)).

Chaos theory is modeled from the Strange Attractor notion. One of them is the Lorentz Attractor.

There's a lot more to talk about Chaos Theory. Maybe I will ask my friend Soham Das, who is an expert in this field, to write about it.

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