Chaos Theory

One of the mathematical concepts that has a considerably fascinating explanation is that of sensitive dependence, also known as chaos. Chaos theory proposes that the smallest of changes may have a greater effect on the bigger picture, similar to the movie, The Butterfly Effect. Interestingly, its implications go far and beyond the realm of science or mathematics.

However, if we are to dissect the patterns observable in the world, we may find that we are all made up of similar microscopic structures to that of the magnified versions. Is it possible that even the so-called “real” world is so structured that we are able to analyze distinctively the sum of its parts?   Science and mathematics have, time and again, attempted to give causal and logical explanations for everyday circumstances. Ironically, chaos theory is part of a predictable pattern — hence, there is beauty and harmony in chaos among the scientific community.

Tables turned, perhaps the artists have captured it more accurately: John Mayer may probably be right in saying, “There’s no such thing as the real world, it’s just a lie you have to rise above.”


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