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butterfly effect

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  • n. The technical notion of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory.

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  • n. the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago

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  • Originally from the Ray Bradbury story, "A Sound of Thunder".

    December 28, 2006

  • A principle of chaos theory observing the interconnectedness of all matter. Even the faintest vibrating particle has an effect on every other particle around it. Cumulatively the effect can be much more dramatic than when it began as the entire system gradually responds to the impetus, like the ripple in a pool of water, one element at a time.

    It is said that with one flap of a butterfly's wings, a city could experience a rainy day instead of sunshine. The 2004 film The Butterfly Effect illustrates the unexpected consequences of how a single action can radically change the future after its effects compound over a decade or more.

    December 26, 2006