gwyn779 wrote:Um, chaos theory is definitely a part of physics...physics is about matter/forces/interactions and chaos theory is about sensitivity to initial conditions when modeling forces/interactions (way more than just weather). And circuit boards/electronics are also a huge part of physics...Ohm's Law is one of the first things taught in physics.
I agree that the design doesn't have much to do with chaos theory other than being in the shape of a butterfly (in general circuit boards aren't very chaotic, if they were computers would tell us that 2+2 is whatever random number that happened to come through), but it definitely relates to physics. And it's certainly not the first time a title was a reference rather than a description of the design.
In short, absolutely on topic, as well as beautiful.
I disagree. All of your connections are tenacious at best. On those grounds, you can technically relate anything at all to physics. Anything can be applied using physics (or chemistry, etc), it doesn't mean its inherently related to physics.
Even so, chaos theory probably was the best shot at connecting this to physics, but like you said, its only the title. The design itself a bad long shot. Circuit boards and physics? Like making a chemistry derby and submitting a shirt design with a piece of wood on it. Yes, chemistry is involved in the composition of wood. So yes, physical properties and laws must be obeyed when making a circuit board...as with everything in the world.