February 5, 2023

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How chaos theory revolutionized weather and modern science

The story that led the mathematician to formalize one of the foundations of science in the second half of the twentieth century. Even the famous conference in 1972, where he asked if a butterfly could cause a tornado in Texas

One of the most important discoveries and one of the most famous images of science and its distortion It arises in a somewhat individual way. In the middle of the winter of 1961, the temperature in the Boston area drops to -17°C. Mathematician and meteorologist Edward Norton Laurens He works in his studio at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Biographers described him as “mild in character”. A quiet man, dedicated to his work, fascinated by changes in the weather since he was a child, when from his family home in West Hardford, Connecticut, he was struck by a total solar eclipse. where, He spent the afternoons measuring and recording maximum and minimum temperatures, solving math problems, and playing chess against his father and mother and beating them both.. During the war he worked in the weather service of the Air Force. Although more accurate data became available, weather forecasts at the time were mostly “intuitive guesses”.

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