The Frontal Cortex

Probability and Chaos Theory

The physicist David Ruelle gives a convincing demonstration that suspending the gravitational effect on our atmosphere of one electron at the limit of the observable universe would take no more than two weeks to make a difference in Earth’s weather equivalent to having rain rather than sun during a picnic.

That factoid is from Chances Are…, a really wonderful tour of probability. And I thought butterflies flapping their wings in Tokyo had big effects.

Comments

  1. #1 MarkH
    May 31, 2007

    I think that’s an almost sure sign that the theory has a major flaw. I love chaos theory and all, and think it’s very informative, but this is a bridge to far for me to believe.

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