Dangerous Intersection:: the straw that broke the camel’s back
Friday, 19 October, 2012 Leave a comment
The Lorenz attractor is an example of a non-linear dynamical system. Studying this system helped give rise to Chaos theory. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I was never one for Geometry but these ‘seriously simple’ diagrams, when viewed in real world contexts, make much more sense to me now than hours in a classroom ever did back in the day!
Sudden paradigm shifts, bifurcations, ‘tipping points’ or jumps, that can represent crisis or innovation, happen more than our linear-thinking ever allowed for…but still we find it difficult to accept the implications of what science has shown us to be the case.
More fool us!
PLEASE take the time to read the article and watch the (short) explanatory videos: link below.
…intersections often represent answers. Solutions. States of equilibrium. In mathematical models of economies, or ecosystems, or other kinds of dynamical systems, intersections are where variables come to rest and settle down. In economic models, for example, the equilibrium price of an item is set by the intersection of supply and demand curves. If that intersection suddenly vanishes, the price has to jump.