Father of 'Chaos Theory' Dies

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/89723392/89724875" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

Edward Lorenz was the father of "chaos theory," also known as the "butterfly effect." He explained how something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wings could lead to a big change elsewhere in the world, like a tornado. He died Wednesday at age 90. David Kestenbaum talks with Madeleine Brand about his life and achievements.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.