given to recent wide-ranging attempts to uncover the statistical regularity
hidden in processes that otherwise appear random, such as turbulence in fluids,
weather patterns, predator-prey cycles, the spread of disease, and even the
onset of war. Systems described as "chaotic" are extremely
susceptible to changes in initial conditions. As a result, small uncertainties
in measurement are magnified over time, making chaotic systems predictable in
principle but unpredictable in practice.
important development in chaos theory is the discovery of self-organising
properties in certain systems, leading to the spontaneous development of
Contributed by: CTNS / Dr. Christopher Southgate
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