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[mass noun] The branch of mathematics that deals with complex systems whose behaviour is highly sensitive to slight changes in conditions, so that small alterations can give rise to strikingly great consequences.
- ‘Yet recent breakthroughs in chaos theory and quantum mechanics, for example, also suggest that the workings of the universe cannot be predicted with absolute precision.’
- ‘Their research is among the earliest in large parameter theory and played a role in the development of the modern theory of dynamical systems and chaos theory.’
- ‘The use of chaos theory and fractal dimension analysis is widespread.’
- ‘At first we weren't talking chaos theory, but it gravitated there.’
- ‘It is a straightforward popular science treatment of the mathematics and science behind chaos theory.’
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