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The Butterfly Effect

I finally got a “good” picture of a butterfly. Butterflies that fly around me everyday just make me happy. They remind me of the extravagant beauty in nature. This post also a more serious side – the work of Edward N. Lorenz.
“If a butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil, it might produce a tornado in Texas. Unlikely as it seems, the tiny currents that a butterfly creates travel across thousands of miles, jostling other breezes as they go and eventually changing the weather.”
I found this quote written on a scrap of paper in my thoughts pile of papers. A little googling brought this result: 

Edward Norton Lorenz (May 23, 1917 – April 16, 2008) was an American mathematician and meteorologist, and a pioneer of chaos theory.  He discovered the strange attractor notion and coined the term butterfly effect. He built a mathematical model of the way air moves around in the atmosphere.  So I’m
thinking about cause, effect, chaos and oneness today.