Catastrophe Theory

Catastrophe theory studies how the qualitative nature of equation solutions depends on the parameters that appear in the equations. Subspecializations include bifurcation theory, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, singularity theory, synergetics, and topological dynamics. For any system that seeks to minimize a function, only seven different local forms of catastrophe "typically" occur for four or fewer variables.

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