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catastrophe theory

Syllabification: ca·tas·tro·phe the·o·ry

Definition of catastrophe theory in English:

noun

A branch of mathematics concerned with systems displaying abrupt discontinuous change.
Example sentences
  • René Thom is known for his development of catastrophe theory, a mathematical treatment of continuous action producing a discontinuous result.
  • Just imagine what he would do now with concepts like the Gödel Number, the catastrophe theory or the Mandelbrot Set.
  • Thus, a number of psychological and social processes have been modeled using complex dynamical systems theories - such as Prigogine's dissipative systems, Rene Thom's catastrophe theory, and chaos theory in general.

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