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Does God Play Dice?by Ian Stewart
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"You believe in a God who plays dice, and I in complete law and order."
The science of chaos is forcing scientists to rethink Einstein's fundamental assumptions regarding the way the universe behaves. Chaos theory has already shown that simple systems, obeying precise laws, can nevertheless act in a random manner. Perhaps God plays dice within a cosmic game of complete law and order.
Does God Play Dice? reveals a strange universe in which nothing may be as it seems. Familiar geometrical shapes such as circles and ellipses give way to infinitely complex structures known as fractals, the fluttering of a butterfly's wings can change the weather, and the gravitational attraction of a creature in a distant galaxy can change the fate of the solar system.
This revised and updated edition includes three chapters on the prediction and control of chaotic systems. New information regarding the solar system and an account of complexity theory is also incorporated. It is a lucid and witty book which makes the complex mathematics of chaos accessible and entertaining.
The revised and updated edition includes three completely new chapters on the prediction and control of chaotic systems. It also incorporates new information regarding the solar system and an account of complexity theory. This witty, lucid and engaging book makes the complex mathematics of chaos accessible and entertaining.
About the Author
"A book well worth reading and a valuable contribution to the literature on chaos" (New Scientist)
"For those who have even rudimentary mathematical knowledge, for teachers and for lively-minded school and university students, Stewart give a valuable insight into the innards of chaos" (The Times Higher Education Supplement)
"A fine introduction to a complex subject" (Daily Telegraph)
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition.
Prologue: Clockwork or Chaos?
1 Chaos from Order.
2 Equations for Everything.
3 The Laws of Error.
4 The Last Universalist.
5 One-way Pendulum.
6 Strange Attractors.
7 The Weather Factory.
8 Recipe for Chaos.
9 Sensitive Chaos.
10 Fig-trees and Feigenvalues.
11 The Texture of Reality.
12 Return to Hyperion.
13 The Imbalance of Nature.
14 Beyond the Butterfly.
15 Von Neumann's Dream.
16 Chaos and the Quantum.
17 Farewell, Deep Thought.
Epilogue: Dicing with the Deity.
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