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Understanding the Butterfly Effect - SRIRAM



  Nov 22, 2023

Butterfly Effect



The “Butterfly Effect” is a concept from chaos theory, illustrating how small changes in a complex system can have large, unpredictable consequences.

Key Features:

1. Origin in Meteorology: Coined by meteorologist Edward Lorenz, it suggests that the flap of a butterfly’s wings might ultimately cause a tornado weeks later.

2. Sensitivity to Initial Conditions: The effect emphasizes how slight variations at the start of a process can significantly impact the outcome.

3. Implications in Various Fields: While originating in weather prediction, it applies to various systems, including ecological, economic, and social.

Significance:

Predictability Challenges: It highlights the difficulty in predicting long-term outcomes in complex systems.

Interconnectedness: The concept underlines the interconnected nature of elements within a system.

The Butterfly Effect metaphorically represents the intricate and interwoven nature of the world, where small actions can lead to significant, unforeseen results.

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