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Chapter 8: Chaos Theory
Chaos emerged as a science in the 1970s. Ecologists employ mathematical tools to describe the dynamic processes found in nature. A model is built as a mathematical construct, which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes the observed phenomena. How we perceive something is largely dictated by the interpretation. By setting basic parameters of an ecosystem model at the start of a time sequence we can study the consequence of variations.
In non-linear systems there is disorder and erratic changes, which reduce the possibility of deterministic analysis as time proceeds, yet the study of chaos led to the discovery and establishment of what is called deterministic chaos. Chaos brought an astonishing message: simple deterministic models could produce what looked like random behaviour.
Models are ...