Saturday, August 28, 2010

Book Review: The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

This is a simple gift book by Andy Andrews that can be read in less than 30 minutes.

What is the Butterfly effect?

The Butterfly effect was started in 1963 by Edward Lorenz who made a presentation to the New York Academy of Sciences.

According to this theory, a butterfly could "flap its wings and set air molecules in motion that in turn would move other air molecules—which would then move additional air molecule — eventually becoming able to influence weather patterns on the other side of the planet." (Andy Andrews, The Butterfly Effect - How Your Life Matters, pg 6)

At that time when Lorenz presented his theory, he was literally laughed out of the room and for years this theory was thought of just a myth. However, in the mid 1990s, however, physics professors from several universities successfully proved that the butterfly effect was accurate, viable, and worked every time. It has since been accorded the status of a law and is now known in scientific circles as the technical notion of the "Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions."

The point Andy was trying to highlight in this book is:
Everything You Do Matters.

Every Move You Make
Every Action You Take....

Andy illustrated this concept with the story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a college professor who because of one decision he made, positively impacted the entire United States until today.

Andy then told the story of Norman Ernest Borlaug (March 25, 1914 – September 12, 2009) . He was an American agronomist, humanitarian, and the Nobel laureate recipient in 1970. Professor Borlaug received his PhD in plant pathology and deceloped the semi-dwarf, high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties. (This story was also told in another book of Andy Andrews, The Boy Who Changed The World. See review.)

As Andy said:
"There are generations yet unborn whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by the moves you make and the actions you take today. And tomorrow. And the next day. And the next."
Click here to download wallpapers and FREE additional resources on The Butterfly Effect on Andy Andrew's website.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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