Thursday, April 17, 2008

Originator of chaos theory dies

Edward Lorenz, the man who created the field of chaos theory, died on Wednesday at the age of 90. His name will be unfamiliar to most of the world, even among the well-educated, yet those of us who have studied his work will surely mourn.

As the cited article says, "His discovery of 'deterministic chaos' brought about 'one of the most dramatic changes in mankind's view of nature since Sir Isaac Newton,' said the committee that awarded Lorenz the 1991 Kyoto Prize for basic sciences. It was one of many scientific awards that Lorenz won."