Thursday, April 17, 2008

Meteorology: Edward Lorentz Father of Chaos Theory

"Edward N. Lorenz, the MIT meteorologist whose efforts to use computers to increase the precision of weather forecasts inadvertently led to the discovery of chaos theory and demonstrated that precise long-range forecasts are impossible, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 90.

Lorenz was perhaps best known for the title of a 1972 paper, "Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly's Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?" The memorable title pithily summarized the essence of chaos theory -- that very small changes in a system can have very large and unexpected consequences."

-- Posted from the Los Angeles Times

Edward N. Lorenz, 90; scientist developed influential chaos theory

Other Obituaries

Edward N. Lorenz, a Meteorologist and a Father of Chaos Theory, Dies at 90

Edward Lorenz; Pioneer in Creation of Chaos Theory

An explanation of his work should be noted.

Chaos Theory for Beginners - An Introduction -

Play with Lorentz Attractors and Chaos theory. See how small changes in initial conditions can change the path of a process.

Lorenz Butterfly: A Demostration

The Butterfly Effect: Another Demostration

Lorentz Attractors

Dr. Lorentz's Original Paper: Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow

1 comment:

Gaby Mushu said...

The "Chaos Theory" was not the soul creation of Dr. Lorenz alone as the idea had been introduced by many others before without much avail. Ironically, it seems to require a Computer to tell humans that certain things are not possible before they will believe it!