Father of 'Chaos Theory' Dies Edward Lorenz explained how something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wings could lead to a tornado. He died Wednesday at age 90.
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Father of 'Chaos Theory' Dies

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Father of 'Chaos Theory' Dies

Father of 'Chaos Theory' Dies

Father of 'Chaos Theory' Dies

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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.