Adam Goodman’s latest column, published in the Daily Beast, takes a unique look at 20th-century mathematician Rene Thom’s catastrophe theory and how it can be applied to today’s battle for the United States Presidency.
Catastrophe theory, Goodman explains, states that “one thing can spark a titanic event,” and can be applied to natural phenomena and human behavior alike.
“Thom would argue one event, one thing, will ultimately differentiate winning from losing, between building a huuuge Trumpian wall or dismantling an historic gender barrier.
With the dueling conventions behind us, it’s time to ask what might that “one thing” be?”
Goodman takes a look at four possible events that could decide the presidency and predicts how they could impact either Trump or Clinton’s campaign.