butterfly effect


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butterfly effect

[′bəd·ər‚flī i‚fekt]
(physics)
In a chaotic system, the ability of miniscule changes in initial conditions (such as the flap of a butterfly's wings) to have far-reaching, large-scale effects on the development of the system (such as the course of weather a continent away).
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He gave an explanation of what the Butterfly Effect of Golf does for the community and introduced each guest speaker.
However, while this is clearly welcome news to many, the butterfly effect is impoverished farmers in developing countries, animal cruelty from intense farming practices and, more recently, drug resistant superbugs from livestock being pumped full of antibiotics.
Unlike other education programs run by NGOs, The Butterfly Effect teaches children to create different projects through computer programming, while also integrating basic lessons in core subjects.
The other aspect of the butterfly effect (which we call the other "wing") is the exact symmetrically opposite: a giant modification brought to a system has as a consequence, in time, an infinitesimal modification to the whole.
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We believe these products will produce a butterfly effect across the industry, domestically and abroad.
The Butterfly Effect - a coalition of 80 civil society organisations - denounces the absence of an explicit reference to such a commitment.
If students are determining whether a client is eligible for food stamps, they need not be concerned with complexity-related issues such as the butterfly effect.