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Chaos: Making a New Science


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ISBN13: 9780140092509
ISBN10: 0140092501
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Chaos records the birth of a new science. This new science offers a way of seeing order and pattern where formerly only the random, the erratic, the unpredictable – in short, the chaotic – had been observed.

Chaos is a history of discovery. It chronicles, in the words of the scientists themselves, their conflicts and frustrations, their emotions and moments of revelation. After reading Chaos, you will never look at the world in quite the same way again.

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Reissue of the 1987 Viking ed.
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James Gleick explains the theories behind the fascinating new science called chaos. Alongside relativity and quantum mechanics, it is being hailed as the twentieth century's third revolution. 8 pages of photos.

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demelzack, March 29, 2009 (view all comments by demelzack)
I didn’t before but after reading this book I believe in chaos. (Not just the book but the phenomenon.) It helped me shed some light on my views on determinism and free will after reading it. And I don’t have a physics background but I was still able to understand it. I’ll never look at the world the same way. If you liked The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene you’ll love this.
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billyrhea, October 5, 2007 (view all comments by billyrhea)
James Gleick's early history of the science of chaos is a thorough and personal account compiled from hours of interviews, articles and lectures. Chaos has been perhaps a somewhat controversial term in science and maybe is better described as the process of complexity forming out of simplicity or self-organizion emerging from apparent randomness. The simple, mechanistic way of viewing the world as deterministic, static and linear no longer holds water. In other words, systems are not clocklike machines destined to run down into a lifeless eternity, but rather evolve through time into more beautiful and complex patterns. Time can be viewed as a process, rather than a series of intervals. Rather than directly couching such philosophical questions and coming up with conclusions, Gleick lets the reader think for themselves. This book is a fantastic introduction for those with the patience for scientific terms and interest in scientific history. For the less scientifically inclined a more general, great introduction on the subject is a book called the Turbulent Mirror, by John Briggs and F. David Peat.
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The Making of a New Science
Gleick, James
Gleick, James
Penguin Books
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
System Theory
Chaotic Behavior in Systems
Mathematical Physics
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
no. 84
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
8.96 x 6 x 0.95 in 1.11 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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