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A term popularized by Prigogene and Stengers (1984) referring to a system's transformation from one type to another, for example, from a system with periodic motion to a system in chaos or vice versa. This is to be distinguished from catastrophe, which refers to a seemingly discontinuous change in one system.

Bifurcation. Dictionary of Creativity: Terms, Concepts, Theories & Findings in Creativity Research / Compiled and edited by Eugene Gorny., 2007.
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