The Butterfly Effect

Happy New Year NEAAAT! I can’t believe that it is already 2017! Only 18 weeks (90 school days) until summer! Time does fly when you’re having fun. Speaking of time flying… have you ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? Well, the Butterfly Effect, also known as “sensitive dependence on initial conditions”, is a concept where small events now can have larger effects in the future. Scientists call it The Butterfly Effect because a man named Edward Lorenz suggested that “ a flap of a butterfly’s wings might ultimately cause a tornado”. This concept is commonly used in writing and literature. It normally ties into the theme of time travel.

For example, have you ever seen the movie “Back to the Future” or “The Butterfly Effect”? In “Back to the Future”, when Marty returns to 1955, the future starts to change and he accidentally almost erases his own existence, only because of small changes he made to the past.

The Chaos Theory is very similar to the Butterfly Effect. The Chaos theory is a concept used in math, where one simple change or mistake can result in drastic results in the answer. This happens when either altering the numbers to purposefully change the results, or by accidentally making a simple math mistake.

Theories such as the Butterfly Effect has left scientists with one definite conclusion: “Forecasting the future can be nearly impossible”.

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