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Old 03-03-2006, 12:55 PM   #7
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Mog wrote
The term "Butterfly Effect" originated in the Ray Bradbury Short fiction "A Sound of Thunder" which involved time-travellers on a dinosaur hunt. They were only allowed to kill certain dinosaurs that were about to die anyway, but one of the hunters accidently stepped on a butterfly, dramatically affecting the future world they go back to.
that's not true.

Bradbury did use a butterfly but it's just a coincidence.

Edward Lorentz coined the term in the 50's after a colleague suggested that his new theory (that grew into Chaos theory), if true, suggested that the flapping of a birds wings could lead to intense weather systems (Lorentz was a meteorologist). He agreed and started using the idea in his lectures, but he chanmged it to butterfly.

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