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In mathematics, the term chaos is used to describe the tendency of some functions to have widely differing output with very small changes in input[1]. One example of a chaotic system is weather. The main inputs to weather systems are pressure, humidity, and temperature. If these inputs change slightly, the resulting weather may be completely different.

Fractals are chaotic functions. For examples of fractal art, see


  1. chaos. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08).
  2. Bishop, Robert. Chaos. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Metaphysics Research Lab, CSLI, Stanford University. (Accessed: 2009-12-16).
  3. Heinz-Otto Peitgen, Hartmut Jürgens, and Dietmar Saupe. Chaos and Fractals: New Frontiers of Science, 2nd ed.. Springer, February 3, 2004.

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  • McAdams, David. Math Art. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 2009-03-12.

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