Synopses & Reviews
In this collection of front-line reports, edited for the general reader, internationally recognized experts trace the roots of chaos in modern science and mathematics.
Chaos Theory is giving scientists fresh insights into all sorts of unruly phenomena--from dripping faucets to swinging pendulums, from the vagaries of the weather to the movements of the planets, from heart rhythms to gold futures.
Table of Contents
Chaos : a science for the real world / Ian Percival -- Chaos in the swing of a pendulum / David Tritton -- An experiment with mathematics / Franco Vivaldi -- Portraits of chaos / Ian Stewart -- Turbulent times for fluids / Tom Mullin -- A weather eye on unpredictability / Tim Palmer -- The chaotic rhythms of life / Robert May -- Is the solar system stable? / Carl Murray -- Clocks and chaos in chemistry / Stephen Scott -- Fractals : a geometry of nature / Benoit Mandelbrot -- Fractals, reflections and distortions / Caroline Series -- Chaos, catastrophes and engineering / Allan McRobie and Michael Thompson -- Chaos on the circuit board / Jim Lesurf -- Chaos on the trading floor / Robert Savit -- Quantum physics on the edge of chaos / Michael Berry -- A random walk in arithmetic / Gregory Chaitin -- Chaos, entropy and the arrow of time / Peter Coveney -- Is the universe a machine? / Paul Davies.