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# Chaos

## Abstract

Sometimes scientists like to use dramatic words of ordinary language in their science and to attribute to them a technical meaning. We already saw an example in Thorn’s theory of “catastrophes”. In this chapter we become acquainted with the term “chaos”. The word in its technical sense refers to irregular motion. In previous chapters we encountered numerous examples for *regular* motions, for instance an entirely periodic oscillation, or the regular occurrence of spikes with well-defined time intervals. On the other hand, in the chapters about Brownian motion and random processes we treated examples where an irregular motion occurs due to random, i. e., in principle unpredictable, causes.

## Keywords

Rayleigh Number Chaotic Motion Strange Attractor Period Doubling Representative Point## Preview

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