Ford, Joseph Formerly, School of Physics, College of Sciences and Liberal Studies, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.
Dutton, John A College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
Lorenz, Edward N. Formerly, Center for Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Peters, Randall D. Department of Physics, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.
Jefferies, David J. Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Surrey, Surrey, United Kingdom.
Murray, Carl D. Astronomy Unit, Queen Mary, University of London, London, United Kingdom.
Lauterborn, Werner Institut für Angewandte Physik, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany.
Koch, Peter M. Department of Physics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York.
- Systems in the real world
- Chaos and periodicity
- Lorenz butterfly
- Some mathematical foundations in physics
- Atmospheric prediction
- Electronic circuits
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
System behavior that depends so sensitively on the system's precise initial conditions that it is, in effect, unpredictable and cannot be distinguished from a random process, even though it is deterministic in a mathematical sense. This article begins with a discussion of the notions of order, chaos, and noise as they occur in deterministic dynamical systems, the relation of chaos and periodicity, and the concept of an attractor. Applications of chaos to atmospheric prediction, weather, climate, electronic circuits, astronomy, acoustics, and atoms are then discussed.
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