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In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.. The term, closely associated with the work of Edward Lorenz, is derived from the metaphorical example of the details of a tornado (the exact time of formation, the exact path taken ...

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Butterfly effect definition is - a property of chaotic systems (such as the atmosphere) by which small changes in initial conditions can lead to large-scale and unpredictable variation in the future state of the system.

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butterfly effect n. A phenomenon in which a small perturbation in the initial condition of a system results in large changes in later conditions. Such phenomena are common in complex dynamical systems and are studied in chaos theory. [From the idea that the tiny atmospheric changes caused by the flap of a butterfly's wings can ultimately have major ...

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The theory that even the smallest step one takes in his/her life can change the course of said life immensely. The name of this theory came to be when a Chaos Theory stated: "It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world."

www.quora.com/What-is-the-meaning-of-the-butterfly-effect...

Generally, the theory is that every action, even small/unimportant, has an effect on the world around it. The example is named after the suggestion that the flap of a butterflies wings can change the air current around it so slightly, but in such a specific way, that it causes a tornado somewhere in the world.

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The butterfly effect is a term used in chaos theory to describe how small changes to a seemingly unrelated thing or condition (also known as an initial condition) can affect large, complex systems. The term comes from the suggestion that the flapping of a butterfly's wings in South America could affect the weather in Texas, meaning that the ...

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The butterfly effect theory, a subset of the chaos theory, states that a small change at one place in a complex system can have catastrophic effects in another place. This is based on the idea of recurrence, which states the two main ingredients for chaotic motion are the approximate return of a system to its initial conditions and the ...

psychologydictionary.org/butterfly-effect

Psychology Definition of BUTTERFLY EFFECT: a term which describes nonlinear causal relationships, in the way that the fluttering of a butterfly's wings in one side of the world causes the whirling o

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The Butterfly Effect: This effect grants the power to cause a hurricane in China to a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico. It may take a very long time, but the connection is real. If the butterfly had not flapped its wings at just the right point in space/time, the hurricane would not have happened.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos_Theory

Chaos theory is a branch of mathematics focusing on the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions. "Chaos" is an interdisciplinary theory stating that within the apparent randomness of chaotic complex systems, there are underlying patterns, constant feedback loops, repetition, self-similarity, fractals, self-organization, and reliance on programming at...