catastrophe theory | |
—n | |
a. a mathematical theory that classifies surfaces according to their form | |
b. the popular application of this theory to the explanation of abruptly changing phenomena, as by the discontinuity of a line on the topmost fold of a folded surface |
Main Entry: | catastrophe theory |
Part of Speech: | n |
Definition: | a branch of mathematics that deals with systems which have major abrupt changes, esp. using topology to explain events |