Edward Norton Lorenz: Publications

Professor Edward Lorenz (1917-2008), a long time member of the department, discovered the surprising behavior we now know as chaos. In his ground-breaking 1963 paper Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow, using a simple, three-equation weather model, Lorenz demonstrated that even fully deterministic systems can behave in ways that are intrinsically unpredictable. His discovery has, and continues to have, a profound impact on a wide range of disciplines beyond meteorology and climate, from mathematics and geophysics, to economics and even philosophy.