Who is the father of chaos theory

meteorology : Chaos Theory's father died

Washington During his research as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Lorenz discovered in 1963 that dynamic systems - even if they are formally simple - depend so sensitively on the initial conditions in their long-term behavior that a prediction is impossible. Three variables are sufficient for this. Slightly changed conditions at the beginning can lead to a completely different development in the long term. Lorenz explained the effect on the basis of the weather: In a study in 1972 he stated that the flapping of the wings of a butterfly in Brazil could trigger a tornado in Texas.

His theory had a great impact not only on mathematics, but also on most of the other sciences, from physics and biology to the social sciences. In the meteorologist she led to the assumption that the weather can be predicted reasonably accurately for a maximum of two to three weeks. Some scientists went so far as to call chaos theory, along with relativity theory and quantum mechanics, one of the three scientific revolutions of the 20th century.

Lorenz was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1917. In 1940 he graduated from Harvard University and eight years later received his PhD in meteorology from MIT. According to his family, the passionate cross-country skier stayed active until two weeks before his death despite his cancer. He leaves three children and four grandchildren. (imo / AFP)

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