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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2016, Volume : 6, Issue : 1
First page : ( 81) Last page : ( 84)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2016.00017.3

Relationship between Chaos Theory and God's Laws in Florence Nightingale's Philosophy

Yanagisawa Hideaki*

Konosu Public Health Center, 4-5-10, Higashi, Konosu, Saitama, 3650039, Japan

*Corresponding Author Email: science2001007@ybb.ne.jp

Online published on 18 April, 2016.


Florence Nightingale claimed to have heard the call from God several times, and although she troubled herself with various problems at the time of each calling, she was always drawn to what she called God's laws. She frequently referred to God's laws in her Suggestions for Thought, which was a three-volume work that presented her radical spiritual views for those who had turned away from conventional religion. The relationship between God's calls, God's laws, andher philosophy are explained by chaos theory.

Organizing thoughts in Florence Nightingale is compared with fixed state and chaotic state in a chaos equation. Since Edward Norton Lorenz recognized chaos theory in 1961, she never formally understood it. However, she did intuitively understand some aspects of chaos phenomena through her personal experiences.

In regard to the organization of Nightingale's thoughts, God's calls can be explained as a process of decreased entropy beyond the Feigenbaum point.



Feigenbaum point, entropy, chaos, Florence Nightingale, organizing thought.


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