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chaos theory

a branch of mathematics that seeks to predict widespread effects of small (or minute) and possibly remote triggering events; the unpredictable course of some epidemics and malignant metastases may accord with chaos theory.
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chaos theory

The mathematical conception that some phenomena that seem random may be of a deterministic order highly sensitive to initial conditions and perturbations. There is a growing appreciation that chaos may be a feature of many biological systems and that chaos theory may prove to have many applications in medicine.
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Yassen, "Chaos control of chaotic dynamical systems using backstepping design," Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, vol.
Consider a class of chaotic dynamical systems described by the nonlinear differential equation as follows:
An analysis of the literature of the last few decades shows that many researchers have studied chaotic dynamical systems. One of these systems, in which the chaotic phenomenon takes place, is large-scale vortex structures in which even laminar flows may lead to chaotic particle paths.
Devaney, Introduction to Chaotic Dynamical Systems 2 (Perseus, 2nd ed.
Explaining Chaos provides both a succinct and accurate introduction to the physics and mathematics of chaotic dynamical systems along with a number of pertinent philosophical commentaries on the scientific results.
Random Number Generators as Chaotic Dynamical Systems
Indeed, the course of so-called chaotic dynamical systems depends so sensitively on initial conditions that a prediction's accuracy is strictly limited by the amount of information available.
Dayawansa, "Controlling chaotic dynamical systems," Physica D.