Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions is otherwise known as The Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly Effect is basically the theory that everything that is done affects everything else, no matter how insignificant the first thing to be done is. Could a butterfly really flap its wings and set molecules in motion that would eventually result in a hurricane forming on the other side of the planet? It sounds almost ridiculous, but the theory was highly intriguing and eventually substantiated by scientific research.

In The Butterfly Effect, author Andy Andrews explores the implications of the butterfly effect in the lives of human beings. Andrews narrates the tales of two men whose actions changed the world forever. One is a school teacher from Maine who served in the Union army and refused to do nothing when it seemed failure was eminent. The other is the story of a man who invented a hybridized corn used to save millions of people from famine. But had that man not known the vice president, and had the vice president not known a brilliant science student, and had the science student not been saved from kidnapping, the last man never would have invented the hybridized corn. Such is the butterfly effect lived out in real human beings. The author concludes with the assertion that everything that one does matters, not only to that person, but to the entire world.

This book is in the format of a gift book. It had a lovely cover and beautiful illustrations inside. It would make a nice present for anyone, but especially for students and graduates.

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