Chaos Theory: A Brief Introduction

So, what’s chaos to you?

Turmoil, disorder and disarray, these are all definitions of chaos. However, a scientist will tell you otherwise. As previously stated, chaos theory is a new branch of mathematics, studying the behaviour of dynamical systems to sensitive to changes of initial conditions. The video below shows the simple affects of changing initial conditions using a pendulum, creating chaotic behaviour.

In addition, we’re also introduced to the world of fractals, images that display self-similarity, something that can be seen all the time in nature. My favourite example in particular is broccoli, however there’s loads of other examples which I’ll link you to at the bottom of this post.

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Chaos theory has many applications in many scientific disciplines including finance, engineering, biology and even psychology. It has flowered due to the revolution of computer technology from its small beginnings into what has become the most fascinating fields in existence.

More natural examples of fractals:

http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2008/09/07/17-amazing-examples-of-fractals-in-nature/

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