A chaotic system is one where extraordinarily slight changes in initial conditions (blue and yellow) lead to similar behavior for a while, but that behavior then diverges after a relatively short amount of time. (Hellisp of Wikimedia Commons / Created by XaosBits using Mathematica and POV-Ray)

Chaos Theory, The Butterfly Effect, And The Computer Glitch That Started It All

For centuries, we thought that the Universe was completely deterministic. But even if you know all the rules, you can’t get rid of chaos.

As Bob Dylan famously sang, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” Yet if you…

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Paul Halpern

Paul Halpern

Physicist and science writer. Author of Synchronicity: The Epic Quest to Understand the Quantum Nature of Cause and Effect

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