Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Butterfly Effect, Chaos and Catastrophe Theories
Lorenzo Monarch and Tiger Moth discuss theories
Lorenzo: You’ve heard of the butterfly effect?
Tiger Moth: You’re telling me that Monarchs rule the world? That one flap of your wings here in Mexico and you set off a maelstrom in Mauritius?
Lorenzo: Chain of events sets off a crisis far away. Chaos theory.
Tiger Moth: And you’ll be aware of catastrophe theory?
Lorenzo: A steady state that suddenly experiences change? It’s a branch of chaos theory.
Tiger Moth: Have you thought about how these apply to us? Today we choose to sip nectar from this bush, the bird misses us and we live. Tomorrow, we sip nectar from the next bush, the bird sees us and we’re dead. Catastrophe.
Lorenzo Monarch is good at giving definitions. An abstract ability. Tiger Moth excels at giving examples. And makes it personal. But can either of them solve non-linear equations?