from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various general mathematical theories of chaotic dynamical systems, such as the complex or nonlinear systems found in weather patterns, ecosystems, economic markets, and biological systems.

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  • noun mathematics The study of iterative non-linear systems in which arbitrarily small variations in initial conditions become magnified over time.


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