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Mark Einsiedel USSY 204 – Systems Thinking February 8, 2010 Edward Lorenz and Real Life Examples of the Butterfly Effect In 1960, Edward Lorenz was attempting to do something remarkable. He was a meteorologist at the time and was in the process of developing a computer program that would be capable of predicting the weather based on what the weather was like at a given time and what it had been like on similar dates in the past. One day, he left his simulation program running and returned a short while later to see some extraordinary results. He had expected to find the results to be typical, or predictable in the sense that the weather would continually repeat itself. However, he found something quite to the contrary and discovered how the smallest of things can cause the biggest of impacts. He noticed that during his calculations he had entered data into the computer that was precise to his measured results, that is precise to three decimal places. However, the computer was capable
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