catastrophe theory

(redirected from Catastrophy theory)
Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia.
Related to Catastrophy theory: Chaos theory

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

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.