Chaos theory explains environmental catastrophies

A BBC report caught my eyes today. It said: “Many recent earthquakes may have been the aftershocks of large quakes that occurred hundreds of years ago, according to scientists.”


Ever heard of the Chaos Theory?


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Ian Stewart wrote a book exactly 20 years ago: Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos. In this book he wrote that according to the chaos theory: “the flapping of a single butterfly’s wing today produces a tiny change in the state of the atmosphere. Over a period of time, what the atmosphere actually does diverges from what it would have done. So, in a month’s time, a tornado that would have devastated the Indonesian coast doesn’t happen. Or maybe one that wasn’t going to happen, does.” (pg. 141)


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So, what have scientists discovered today? Today, Seth Stein told the BBC that scientists “found that, away from plate boundaries, echoes of past earthquakes can continue for several hundred years”. Is this news? Are scientists the problem or is the BBC just taking in everything she is told to announce?

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