RIP: "father of chaos theory," Edward Lorenz

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11 Responses to “RIP: "father of chaos theory," Edward Lorenz”

  1. arkizzle says:

    Thank you for the Chaos

    RIP

  2. Joerg says:

    Well, meteorology is basically a part of Physics, so there IS a Nobel Prize for it. Paul Crutzen might be the only one who received one in the field of meteorology/climatology.

  3. pentomino says:

    Does anyone else remember a car commercial which described a long cause-and-effect chain that started with a butterfly flapping its wings? It seems the butterfly is to Lorenz what the apple was to Newton.

    Also, in before link to xkcd’s “Real Programmers”.

  4. Frank_in_Virginia says:

    Chaos theory is the definition of my life.

  5. Xopher says:

    To let you know what a GeekoPagan I am, I’ve used the Lorenz Attractor as a visualization for psychic shielding, on the theory that it could absorb infinite energy.

  6. Adamr says:

    God bless you Edward. You were my hero in life, and i loved arguing chaos with science teachers.

    Made a nice little post on this at my site as well
    http://www.itsoverninethousand.com/edward-lorenz-father-of-chaos-theory-dies-at-the-age-of-90/

  7. ill lich says:

    entropy always wins.

  8. Cupcake Faerie says:

    Check out the Lorenz “Strange” attractor
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenz_attractor

    Not a good week for 90+ year old scientists. We also lost John Wheeler, father of the black hole and teacher to Richard Feynman and Hugh Everett(of the Many Worlds theory of Quantum Mechanics).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Archibald_Wheeler

  9. PukeBazooka says:

    Put a drop of water on your hand, like this, see! And it rolls down this way! But, but, but — but wait! Try it again! Works differently! The water goes somewhere else! There’s all these tiny hairs on your hand! So — you can’t — you don’t know! That’s called chaos! It’s why dinosaurs can never be safely trapped in a theme park! That and the hubris of man!

    At least, that’s chaos theory as I understand it.

  10. gadfly says:

    I feel compelled to fulfill Pentomino’s prophecy… here’s the xkcd masterpiece in question

    http://xkcd.com/378/

  11. Jeff says:

    All Hail Eris! All Hail Chaos!

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