chaos theory

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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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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Nancey Murphy and other theologians have raised objections to the use of classical chaos as a medium for God's action.
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