The application of chaos theory to crisis management of epidemics.
Chaos theory is mainly known from the example of the Lorenz butterfly effect, where small changes can lead to significant, long-term and catastrophic consequences. What is this theory of chaos, though, and how does it relate to crisis management?
Chaos theory benefits many disciplines, but it still falls within the field of mathematics and is a tool that can define deterministic chaos – that is, seemingly random behavior that does not actually have a random cause. The study of the theory has led to the notion that seeming randomness can also conceal order, patterns, and underlying structure. Chaos theory has found countless applications, such as the study of planetary motion in the solar system, weather forecasts, population dynamics ecology, earthquake modelling, and the definition of the trajectories of space probes.
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