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# catastrophe theory

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noun Mathematics.

a theory, based on topology, for studying discontinuous processes and the mathematical models that describe them.

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## Origin of catastrophe theory

First recorded in 1970â75

## Words nearby catastrophe theory

catarrh, catarrhal fever, catarrhine, catastasis, catastrophe, catastrophe theory, catastrophic, catastrophism, catastrophize, catatonia, catatonic

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## British Dictionary definitions for catastrophe theory

catastrophe theory

noun

- a mathematical theory that classifies surfaces according to their form
- 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

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