tipping point

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tip·ping point

 (tĭp′ĭng)
n.
A critical moment in a complex situation in which a small influence or development produces a sudden large or irreversible change.

tipping point

n
the crisis stage in a process, when a significant change takes place
Translations
point de bascule
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I and my colleagues have spent a decade or more trying to get a handle on tipping points in complex systems.
Some models are already available in more comprehensive decision support tools, such as Tipping Points and Indicators.
Every entrepreneur faces the harsh economics of tipping points.
Are there tipping points where that debt changes from helpful to harmful?
The Council presented these changes in a report titled "Deep Shift: Technology Tipping Points and Societal Impact.
We identified 10 tipping points that are likely to have profound implications:
The editors have organized the twelve contributions that make up the main body of the text in four parts devoted to the smoking epidemic, mathematical modeling in healthcare, tipping points in social dynamics, and the resilience of tipping points.
For other fans a second season at Sixfields will be it for them, for others it might be the moment a spade is thrust into the earth for a new stadium outside Coventry - each and every fan has a tipping point but where might the tipping points for the other protagonists in this tiresome farce be?
If windows of opportunity and tipping points accurately describe critical junctures in conflicts and can be identified either ahead of time or as they occur (rather than solely through the benefit of hindsight), the policy implications are substantial.
The results showed that the ability to exert control on economies depends on having sufficient control of the system parameters, and knowing where the economy is relative to these tipping points provided by recent measuring techniques.
As part of Climate Week, which runs until March 18, they will have the opportunity to experience climate change science first hand in a working laboratory, thanks to Durham University's Climate Change Schools Project and the Tipping Points project.
New research has found evidence to support the established theory that changes in tree cover are characterised by critical transitions at tipping points rather than gradual shifts.