What is Chaos Theory?
Chaos theory is a special mathematical field that studies the properties and predictability of deterministic systems or systems that depend on a basic set of initial conditions. Chaos theory can model these systems in different ways or try to make mathematical determinations about these systems.
Chaos theory is often used for a variety of real-world systems that are dynamic or deterministic - it seems like they can accommodate certain prediction methods. Such systems include weather and climate systems, or scientific systems like the systems that physicists might look at in a laboratory. Other types of dynamic systems rely on the individual behavior of masses of humans or animals. In general, the entire universe and the biosphere are also considered systems relevant to chaos theory - an aspect of chaos theory that says that small changes over time are referred to as the 'butterfly effect', as in science fiction classics like Ray Bradbury's' A Sound of Thunder '.
Chaos theory can also be applied to digital or IT systems in their representation. An excellent example is fractal graphics, where a digital system models the results of chaos theory using colored fractals. In the visual representation, viewers can see some of the deterministic results coming from the initial conditions, which makes this a popular way to teach chaos theory in the classroom.
IT pros can talk about how chaos theory could be applied to technology. An example is small networks in the world - some experts looking at neural networks or other types of smaller world networks may be able to apply chaos theory principles.