Butterfly Effect

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A potential effect of minute dynamic movement—e.g., the beating of a butterfly’s wings in a particular direction might be randomly amplified, such that a butterfly could theoretically, in a chaotic system, result in large changes in the behavior of a system (e.g., cause a typhoon on the other side of the world)
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"For Mencap Cymru, The Butterfly Effect, BIRT Ty Aberdafen which is a brain injury group from Llanelli, and Heol Goffa it's an opportunity to learn new skills and develop skills.
Research on crack formation in teeth with the butterfly effect is lacking, and its potential clinical relevance warrants investigation.
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The other aspect of the butterfly effect (which we call the other "wing") is the exact symmetrically opposite: a giant modification brought to a system has as a consequence, in time, an infinitesimal modification to the whole.
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This theory is commonly called the butterfly effect. Edward Lorentz the inventor of the theory states that a butterfly flapping its wings in China can create storm systems in places as far away as the United States, African or Europe!
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The butterfly effect is a commonly referenced example where the formation of a hurricane might be caused by a butterfly flapping its wings in a distant location at some earlier time.
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