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Chaos theory attempts to explain the fact that complex and unpredictable results can and will occur in systems that are sensitive to their initial conditions. A common example of this is known as the Butterfly Effect. It states that, in theory, the flutter of a butterfly's wings in China could, in fact, actually effect weather patterns in New York City, thousands of miles away. In other words, it is possible that a very small occurance can produce unpredictable and sometimes drastic results by triggering a series of increasingly significant events.

The purpose of this site is to explain, in simple terms, the basic principles behind chaos theory and to demonstrate their use in everyday life.

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When did "chaos theory" begin? Who discovered "chaos theory"? What mathematical principles apply?
See how "chaos theory" applies to washing machines, the stock market, and the coastline of Great Britain.
View diagrams, animated fractals, and browse a glossary of chaos terms.

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