At New Scientist I found this: Climate Myths: Chaotic Systems Are Not Predictable (May 16, 2007) by Michael Brooks
In it he starts out with
“While weather and to some extent climate are chaotic systems, that does not mean that either are entirely unpredictable…” followed by an assertion of a demonstration whose link is a dead link.
I agree with the statement that – as science’s capacity currently stands – weather is chaotic. And yet, within that chaos, our scientists do a great job of dealing with weather, on its short time scale, in a manner that is both quite accurate and real-world functional. It is functional on the short scale to the pint of almost being a branch of engineering instead of science, per se. Engineering is what is called “applied science.” To “apply” a specific science, the mechanics, chemistry, materials science, electronics, and physics of it need to be known to within close approximations and then well defined for producers of products and designers, so that one group knows what to provide and the other knows what they will be dealing with and be able to produce a next-level product with characteristics known to within close parameters.
In other words, once a process or material passes to the point of engineering it is very nearly the exact opposite of a chaotic system. Continue reading