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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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Take Everton, they are going great guns under David Moyes and are getting 38,000 for home games - that would be a disaster at Ibrox and a catastrophy at Parkhead.
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.
For many Poles he 'betrayed' the cause of the n ation; that he did this under considerable pressure and with the view 'to save what is possible' from the catastrophy is another matter.
Yet in a world in which there are more wrong answers than right, one in which unprecedented questions are fast arising, policy drift that responds primarily to extemporaneous exgencies or pseudo-exgencies may imperil the ship of state when unforeseen catastrophy occurs.
It is clear that catastrophy will be the result of either extreme - unemployment prevention at any cost or laissez faire.
As with survivor responses to catastrophy, work on PSTD could inform the world of organizational change if the events are viewed as traumatic by its onlookers and recipients in the organizations.
Mencken wrote that "every intelligent man looks for a catastrophy, and if it comes there will be a colossal massacre of Jews.
They know the chances of success are so slim, the chances of death so great, and there's the ever present possibility of a partially successful effort -- the patient is alive but requiring a ventilator, has suffered a serious stroke, or other medical catastrophy.
No doubt the ideological--even zealous--character of Louis' crusade at the onset contributed to the early catastrophy in Egypt.