Yeah, I didn’t know until years and years later that the story was teaching me about the butterfly effect.
WAIT I FOUND IT
Oh my god I did a book report on that in the 5th grade. I did it on a cassette recorder. I was so high tech. Ray Bradbury story from the 1950s. Older than I thought. Ok, the butterfly was BACK in time but they travelled forward to 2055.
I can still hear my squeaky 5th grade voice in my head doing an audio book report, bringing my cassette player in class, feeling dumb as the only kid who did that and also proud of myself.
“Influence“A Sound of Thunder” is often credited as the origin of the term “butterfly effect”, a concept of chaos theory in which the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in one part of the world could create a hurricane on the opposite side of the globe. The term was actually introduced by meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz in the 1960s. However, Bradbury’s concept of how the death of a butterfly in the past could have drastic changes in the future is a representation of the butterfly effect, and used as an example of how to consider chaos theory and the physics of time travel”