Butterfly effect


When talking about the butterfly effect, reference is generally made to a meaning that is related to chaos theory. But in addition to the one that seeks to explain the different and small variations that can affect those complex and large systems to a certain extent, a great example of them lies in the existing weather patterns. In relation to both, the butterfly effect tries to suppose that the movement made by the wings of a butterfly can generate repercussions of great significance in reference to the force of the wind and the movements produced by the climatic systems of the world, which even according to this they could cause tornadoes.

The idea regarding chaos theory is proposed to refer to those minimal variations that can cause a given system to evolve or develop in different ways in certain ways, thus producing an initial alteration, through a process that could be called a process. of amplification, and which could then generate a highly considerable effect in the short or medium term of time. The butterfly effect, despite being considered a complex concept, tends to be assimilated as a philosophy and can even be suggested in many fields of life.

The term was established by the American meteorologist, Edward Norton Lorenz who was a pioneer in the development of chaos theory, through the approach of the belief that according to the initial conditions of a certain system, the slightest change can cause the system to progress. This character worked on this theory for about ten years, and in 1973 he exposed the theory of the movement of wings in time and then he took the butterfly as an example to make a somewhat more poetic theory.

It is manifested, therefore, that its name is due to the famous Chinese phrase or proverb that declares: “the flapping of the wings of a butterfly can be felt on the other side of the world”; or on the other hand, «the flapping of the wings of a butterfly can cause a Tsunami on the other side of the world», although they also mention the quote «The simple flapping of a butterfly can change the world».

The butterfly effect also makes an appearance in science fiction, applied many times in time travel where events could change; As an example of this, we can cite the film whose name is the same, Butterfly Effect, published in 2005 where they reflect the possible negative changes that behaviors carried out in the past could generate in the future.