butterfly effect

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the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e

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Robert Dooley, the Butterfly Effect of Golf's Founder and CEO.
This is National EB Awareness Week and Debra Ireland, the charity that DEVOTED Rachel provides hope and support for patients and their families, is creating a butterfly effect on social media to raise both funds and awareness.
Of course, the movie was a daft piece of science fiction, but there are, perhaps, a number of things in society today that may well have a created a butterfly effect of their own?
Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect, Gilded Balloon, until August 27.
These children, all refugees from Syria, are a part of a test group at The Butterfly Effect Technology Center that is piloting a project to use coding to reinforce the basics of math, English, and Arabic.
Every single choice you make has a butterfly effect on the story as it unfolds - and it unfolds slowly and deliberately.
Lawrence's preoccupation with Cass alters his behavior, invoking a butterfly effect of changed history.
The film represents an early adaptation of the butterfly effect, according to which small events can lead to major changes in the world," she said.
The most commented-upon aspect of the butterfly effect is the following: the slightest modification brought in an unlinear system (with so many variables, that its behaviour becomes unpredictable for us) has consequences incommensurate with the cause.
The Butterfly Effect ITV2 10pm Compelling sci-fi thriller, starring Ashton Kutcher.
This theory is commonly called the butterfly effect.
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 10pm, ITV2 A college student discovers that he can travel back in time to his troubled childhood and change future events for himself and his friends - but his constant meddling in the course of history leads to unforeseen consequences when he once again returns to the present day.
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT (ITV2, Wednesday, 10pm) A STUDENT finds the journals he kept during his troubled childhood and discovers that by reading them, he has the ability to go back in time.
The butterfly effect is a commonly referenced example where the formation of a hurricane might be caused by a butterfly flapping its wings in a distant location at some earlier time.
In chaos theory, the butterfly effect links the formation of a hurricane to a butterfly having fluttered its wings weeks before.