Recollecting Mitchell Feigenbaum— a chaos pioneer

Santa Fe Institute
Jul 5 · 2 min read
Feigenbaum’s constants are universal ratios … that relate to phenomena with oscillatory (cyclic) behavior, such as swinging pendulums or heart rhythms. The most well-known one, Feigenbaum’s Delta, refers to the spacing between parameter values required to double the cycle’s length, which decreases exponentially by a factor approaching approximately 4.669. (Image/definition via Complexity Explorer)

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