“The important property of achaotic systemis that the state variable will eventually settle down to a finite set, i.e. the so-calledstrange attractor. This is what people say about order in chaos.”

In the 1980s, with the rise of computer technology chaos theory bloomed, reaching its peak in the 1990s.

History

In 1903, French mathematical physicist Henri Poincare was said to have initiated chaos theory when he stated:

“It may happen that the small differences in the initial conditions produced very great ones in the final phenomenon. A small error in the former will produce an enormous error in the latter. Prediction becomes impossible, and we have fortuitous phenomenon.”

In 1963, American meteorologist

Thermodynamics

Chaos theory sometimes is found intertwined together, in an ill-contrived way, with discussions of time and the second law of thermodynamics. This loosely traces to Belgian chemist Ilya Prigogine’s work, as captured in his 1984 book

“In recent years it has often been suggested that the key to the apparent conflict between thermodynamics and mechanics lies inchaos theory, and the application of the nonlinear methods in physics … this view is particularly associated with the Brussels School, led by theoretical chemist Ilya Prigogine.”

Another popularized, albeit very nonsensical, connection between the second law and chaos theory was made by American author James Gleick in his 1987 national best-seller

See also

● Boltzmann chaos assumption

References

1. Clark, John. (2004).

2. Sardar, Ziauddin, and Abrams, Iwona. (1998).

3. Price, Huw. (1996).

4. Gleick, James. (1987).

5. Hsieh, Ching-Yao, and Ye, Meng-Hua. (1991).

External links

● Chaos theory – Wikipedia.