Famed scientist, from West Hartford, dies

I had no idea that West Hartford was the hometown of the scientist who developed chaos theory until the man was dead and gone.

Edward N. Lorenz, an MIT meteorologist,  wrote the influential 1972 paper “Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?”

The idea of chaos theory is that even tiny changes can lead to massive consequences – something that applied to weather, of course, but also most of life.

Lorenz was 90 at his death.

LA Times story link



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3 responses to “Famed scientist, from West Hartford, dies

  1. eafinct

    Let’s keep Dr. Lorenz in mind for the next time we need a name for a building, neighborhood, or road.

    Whatever happened to the guy who was the contender for the name of Bristow School? Seems like West Hartford is good at producing world-class scientists (look at Edward Morley) and we should think of some way to honor that.

  2. Lost45bear

    His name was Roger W. Sperry. I worked with his intellectual “offspring” in Boston. For those of you who may have read “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”, he was one of the pioneers who described the different functions of the right and left cerebral hemispheres. He studied patients who had to have their corpus callosum split, an operation which still is sometimes necessary to stop intractable seizures. I was very dissapointed that Dr. Sperry did not get his name affixed to our new middle school (I think they did something lame like name the auditorium after him…..). At our rate of growth in WH, maybe they should name the third high school after him!

  3. Piefrifledlect

    vgdfuzfgihdyjgwrwell, hi admin adn people nice forum indeed. how’s life? hope it’s introduce branch 😉

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