Today is the 100th birth anniversary of mathemetician and meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz. According to Chase's Calendar of Events Lorenz was:

"..father of chaos theory who formulated the idea of the "butterfly effect" -- that a small, seemingly insignificant act or disturbance can actually have huge consequences. His famous 1972 talk, 'Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly's Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?' helped poularize the notion."

If you want to know more about the Butterfly Effect, here is a video from our Access Video collection that explains it:

If your familiarity with the Butterfly Effect is through the 2004 Ashton Kutcher movie of the same name, don't worry. We have that, too. [Click for item in online catalog]