Equations Show How Order Falls Into Chaos

Equations Show How Order Falls Into Chaos
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The transition from orderly progress to chaotic wandering, as happens when a herd of sheep walk together into a pasture then disperse unpredictably, has been given a detailed mathematical description for the first time.

The equations, figured out by a team of engineering researchers at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, and published in a paper in Physical Review E, describe a universal process that occurs in a huge range of phenomena from nanoparticle scattering and bacterial migration to gas diffusion and stock-price fluctuations.

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