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From Edward Lorenz’s discovery of the Butterfly Effect, to Mitchell Feigenbaum’s calculation of a universal constant, to Benoit Mandelbrot’s concept of fractals, which created a new geometry of nature, Gleick’s engaging narrative focuses on the key figures whose genius converged to chart an innovative direction for science. Newton was okay for some things but all these new equations describe just HOW little uncertainties can create huge chaotic messes. This is one of the first books that was ever written on the chaos theory, and has also been nominated for various book prizes. The other day when the radio announcer reported the length of the Florida coastline, I found myself wondering what length measuring stick was used.

Featured Review: So You Have Been Asked to Give a Lecture Course on the Applications of Nonlinear Dynamics.This is a book that is more about translating the story of the science (not the science) for NOT the layman, but really the lazy layman. Those with a background in physics, maths, astronomy or anything along those lines will probably feel they can appreciate some fairly significant concepts in the book. However, apart from all these philosophical implications about life, I really wanted to learn a bit of science behind chaos theory. Malcolm's character and ideas are entirely based on this book, he uses the very same examples as Gleick does, sometimes almost word by word. The book is hugely popular, always comes at first when you are looking for recommendations about chaos theory books.

But there are always chances that changes in initial condition might accumulate into something different. The book charts the history of the development of chaos theory from the first serious considerations of it in meteorology to its general acceptance and applicability across the scientific community.It portrays the efforts of dozens of scientists whose separate work contributed to the developing field. Because of this, I found the book frustrating - both too complex to really grasp, and too superficial to really provide useful insight into the concept. He shows you pictures and dances around the pools of chaos and clouds of complexity, but never actually puts the reader INTO the churning water or shoots the reader into energized, cumuliform heaps. I found it quite informative, especially in communicating what it would perhaps be like working in science at an exciting time. Gleick's book was first published in 1987, so I imagine by now there have been many developments and modifications to the ideas and theories presented here.

This burn of the natural world, this magic of the unknown, is what draws me to read physics and philosophy as an absolute amature. For an elegant and comprehensive discussion of complexity theory, read Stephen Wolfram's ground-breaking work A NEW KIND OF SCIENCE published a decade ago and still making the news. Mitchell Feigenbaum, a theoretical physicist at Los Alamos in the early seventies, and two other scientists working together independently of him, are working on the problem of turbulence and. This is not actually a science book on Chaos thoery, rather a scientific history book about people who worked on Chaos theory. Having worked for the Harvard Crimson and freelanced in Boston, he moved to Minneapolis, where he helped found a short-lived weekly newspaper, Metropolis.

His narrative is compelling, yes, the stories are interesting, sure, but he doesn't grab the central characters as well as a new journalist like John McPhee does. In Chaos, Gleick makes the story of chaos theory not only fascinating but also accessible to beginners, and opens our eyes to a surprising new view of the universe. As the author says, there are 3 revolutions in the science of the 20th century: relativity, quantum mechanics, and chaos. The science of Chaos cuts across traditional scientific disciplines, tying together unrelated kinds of wildness and irregularity, from the turbulence of weather to the complicated rhythms of the human heart, from the design of snowflakes to the whorls of windswept desert sands. Three of these books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists, and they have been translated into more than twenty languages.

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