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Old 01-09-2007, 09:52 PM   #15271
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Originally Posted by rlpw View Post
The Butterfly Effect is an offshoot from Chaos Math isn't it?
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Originally Posted by stepurhan View Post
It is. The basic concept is that small changes can have massive effects in complex systems. The flapping of a butterfly wing disturbs the air around it. These movements of air affect other air currents coming into contact with them, which affect further currents and so on and so on.

Ultimately major storms are just a lot of air currents getting together to move in the same direction so anything that influences air currents (making them more or less likely to combine) could potentially lead to their creation or dissipation.

Complex wikipedia explanation (with criticism of the theory)
What stepsie said. I never can remember the name (which is pretty silly, considering how straight forward it is) of it, so I usually describe it.


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