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SYNC: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life

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The moon spins in perfect resonance with its orbit around the Earth; millions of neurons fire together to control our breathing; every night along the tidal rivers of Malaysia, thousands of fireflies flash in silent, hypnotic unison. All of these astonishing feats of synchrony occur spontaneously — as if the universe had an overwhelming desire for order.

The tendency to synchronize may be the most mysterious and pervasive drive in all of nature. It has intrigued some of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, including Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Norbert Wiener, Brian Josephson, and Arthur Winfree. But only in the past decade have scientists from disparate disciplines come to the stunning realization that the study of synchrony could revolutionize our understanding of everything from the origin of life to certain types of human behavior.

At once elegant and riveting, SYNC tells the story of the dawn of a new science. As one of its pioneers, Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.

Along with vivid explanations of cutting-edge theory, Strogatz provides an intimate and highly personal narrative filled with often humorous anecdotes about some of the visionary thinkers of our time. He also describes the startling applications of this new knowledge, such as the harnessing of synchronized electrons to create the world's most sensitive detectors, able to locate oil buried deep underground and to pinpoint diseased tissues associated with epilepsy and heart arrhythmias.

From life's little curiosities to the grandest unsolved mysteries of science, SYNC explores such questions as:

  • Why traffic jams can occur even when there's no accident or other apparent cause
  • Why women roommates sometimes find that their menstrual periods occur in sync
  • What caused hundreds of Japanese children to fall into seizures while watching an episode of Pokémon
  • What triggers riots, fads, and mass hysteria
  • How synchrony in the solar system may have been responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs
  • How consciousness arises from the interplay of millions of mindless brain cells
A tour de force of science and prose, SYNC reveals the hidden but beautiful order that governs the rhythms of nature and the rhythms of ourselves.

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"Strogatz has just written a book arguing that the universe is an orderly place marked by harmony and cooperation. In an era of war, terror, and chaos, his viewpoint sounds a bit curious. But if SYNC is, well, out of sync with global news, it's certainly in tune with the scientific world." Newsweek

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"A vivid, first-hand account of what it is like to be at the beginning of a scientific revolution." Focus

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"SYNC is a wonderfully lucid and thoroughly entertaining story of the emerging science of synchrony...[it] gives us a compelling glimpse into what makes our universe tick." Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Columbia University

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"Steven Strogatz has crafted a masterpiece that immerses the reader in the excitement of scientific discovery." Leon Glass, Isadore Rosenfeld Chair in Cardiology and Professor of Physiology, McGill University

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"This book is the best introduction I have seen to the variety of subjects which make up modern complexity theory." Philip W. Anderson, Nobel Laureate, Joseph Henry Professor of Physics, Princeton University

Review:

"With a personable narrative voice, Strogatz delivers the goods for followers of complexity theory." Booklist

Synopsis:

The tendency to synchronize may be the most mysterious and pervasive drive in all of nature. It has intrigued some of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century, including Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Norbert Wiener, Brian Josephson, and Arthur Winfree.

At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.

About the Author

Steven Strogatz received his doctorate from Harvard University and served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT before becoming a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University in 1994. Widely recognized for his groundbreaking discoveries in chaos and complexity theory, he has received numerous awards throughout his career, including MIT's highest teaching prize and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the White House. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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It is a good book about complexity
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786887217
Author:
Strogatz, Steven
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Author:
Strogatz, Steven H.
Subject:
System Theory
Subject:
Self-organizing systems
Subject:
Synchronization
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Mathematics-Systems Theory
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Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1875 in 10 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Hyperion Books - English 9780786887217 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Strogatz has just written a book arguing that the universe is an orderly place marked by harmony and cooperation. In an era of war, terror, and chaos, his viewpoint sounds a bit curious. But if SYNC is, well, out of sync with global news, it's certainly in tune with the scientific world."
"Review" by , "A vivid, first-hand account of what it is like to be at the beginning of a scientific revolution."
"Review" by , "SYNC is a wonderfully lucid and thoroughly entertaining story of the emerging science of synchrony...[it] gives us a compelling glimpse into what makes our universe tick." Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Columbia University
"Review" by , "Steven Strogatz has crafted a masterpiece that immerses the reader in the excitement of scientific discovery."
"Review" by , "This book is the best introduction I have seen to the variety of subjects which make up modern complexity theory."
"Review" by , "With a personable narrative voice, Strogatz delivers the goods for followers of complexity theory."
"Synopsis" by , The tendency to synchronize may be the most mysterious and pervasive drive in all of nature. It has intrigued some of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century, including Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Norbert Wiener, Brian Josephson, and Arthur Winfree.

At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.

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