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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.
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PM said that memory of the devastating earthquake of 8th October, 2005 and the resilience of the Pakistani nation which enabled it to overcome this unprecedented catastrophy still remains fresh in our minds.
(1) In Hebrew, literally "Catastrophy and Rejuvenation", generally used to denote the destruction of European Jewry and the establishment of the state of Israel.
European Atrocity, African Catastrophy: Leopold II, the Congo Free State and its aftermath.
Douglass said, that would lead to an Insurrection, and we were called upon to avoid such a catastrophy [sic].
Perhaps it could now be found a home in Walsall, which shares memories of a similar catastrophy at Hamstead many years ago
The Homeland Security and Homeland Defense stakeholders must be postured to provide a wide-area organized response to domestic catastrophy.
A catastrophy in Poland was narrowly avoided when the networks were reconnected since the German windpumps all came on automatically at the same time because their automated systems are generally considered to be obsolete.
In a time when science mixed freely with religion, he reflected wistfully on the vastness of the universe and our rather small place within it: "In this great celestial creation, the catastrophy of a world, such as ours, or even the total dissolution of a system of worlds, may possibly be no more to the great Author of Nature, than the most common accident in life with us, and in all probability such final and general Doomsdays may be as frequent there, as even Birthdays or mortality with us upon the earth.
Small farmers would be on the land producing in a major catastrophy, and usually having a diversified crop.
"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."
(21.) For example, Begil's revolt against Kazan Khan may well have been a catastrophy for ninety thousand souls.