Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How Newton's girlfriend is the reason you are reading this post now: The Butterfly Efftect, Chaos Theory & The Horse Shoe nail story

"For uncommon solutions you need to look in uncommon places"- from the book 4-hour body by Tim Ferriss.

Now comes the famous rhyme:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

The Butterfly effect from Wikipedia:

The butterfly effect is a metaphor that encapsulates the concept of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory; namely that small differences in the initial condition of a dynamic system may produce large variations in the long term behavior of the system.

The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain location. The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale alterations of events (compare: domino effect). Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different. While the butterfly does not "cause" the tornado in the sense of providing the energy for the tornado, it does "cause" it in the sense that the flap of its wings is an essential part of the initial conditions resulting in a tornado, and without that flap that particular tornado would not have existed.

Well, enough of copying. Now my version:

Sir Isaac Newon had a serious argument with his girlfriend (probably an exaggerated story, don't believe it )
 He went to his garden
An apple fell onto his head
He discovered gravity
Gravity became the backbone of classical physics
In nearly 350 years, the focus of physics became from macro to micro
From the micro approach, modern physics was born
Modern physics evolved and gave birth to electronics
In the early 1950 transistors were born
Researchers learned how to make gates
Microprocessors came into this earth
Steve Wozniak built the computer with a graphical user interface
Bill Gates developed on DOS
Windows was born, Mac evolved

IBM had the monopoly in personal computer market
Michael Dell decided to compete with IBM
In 1990 Tim Berners Lee created World Wide Web 
Torumoy bought a Dell laptop and with the help of Tim Burners Lee, published this post on the web
Now you are reading this post

So this is how Newton's (crazy) girlfriend is the reason you are reading this post now.

(Note: I am drunk with at least  250 ml of Vodka right now. Any mistake is sought to be seen in a merciful manner)