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catastrophe theory

a branch of mathematics that deals with large changes in the total system resulting from small changes in a critical variable in the system; some epidemics, gene frequencies, and the social behavior of populations may be explained by this theory.

catastrophe theory

a set of mathematical theorems employed in the modelling of discontinuities in the physical world, that result when gradually changing and interacting variables reach a critical point. Applied in sportpsychology to the understanding of sudden decrements or increments in performance, incorporating changes in cognitive anxiety, physiological arousal and self-confidence.

catastrophe theory

the mathematical basis for the study of large changes in a total system which may result from small changes in a critical variable in the system.
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Last night, RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "At 125mph, it could take only a slight problem to cause a catastrophy.
For example, Begil's revolt against Kazan Khan may well have been a catastrophy for ninety thousand souls.
Ignoring global catastrophy is no longer an option.
The extent of the catastrophy cannot be overstated.
Mencken wrote that "every intelligent man looks for a catastrophy, and if it comes there will be a colossal massacre of Jews.
What is predicted is a catastrophy of cold and hot, drought and flood - and three consecutive extreme winters here support, rather than deny, this theory.
In dealing with the environmental catastrophy what matter most is what each one is doing as a nation and not to criticise what others do or do not.
2 There is now a minimum wage without the catastrophy for business that was widely predicted.
The K-19 was the pride of Russia's Northern Fleet when catastrophy struck less than a mile from a NATO base off the coast of Norway during its maiden voyage on July 4 1961.