Edward Lorenz, Attracted Away
Edward Lorenz, a meteorologist who became the father of the modern field of chaos theory, died Wednesday of cancer in Massachusetts aged 90, MIT announced Thursday.
A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Lorenz was the first to recognize what is now referred to as chaotic behavior in the mathematical modeling of weather systems.
He found that small differences in a dynamic system, like the weather, “could trigger vast and often unsuspected results,” the university said.
His studies led him to develop what became known as the “butterfly effect.” The term stemmed from his 1972 academic paper “Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set off a Tornado in Texas?