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Chaos: Making A New Science

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James Gleick explains the theories behind the fascinating new science called chaos.

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By focusing on the key figures whose genius converged to chart an innovative direction for science, Gleick makes the story of chaos theory not only fascinating but also accessible, and opens our eyes to a surprising new view of the universe.

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"Science readers who have gone through relativity theory, quantum physics, Heisenbergian uncertainty, black holes and the world of quarks and virtual particles only to be stunned by recent Grand Unified Theories (GUTS) will welcome New York Times science writer Gleick's adventurous attempt to describe the revolutionary science of chaos. Chaos is what a handful of theorists steeped in math and computer know-how are calling their challengingly abstract new look at nature in terms of nonlinear dynamics.

Gleick traces the ideas of these little-known pioneers including Mitchell Feigenbaum and his Butterfly Effect; Benoit Mandelbrot, whose 'fractal' concept led to a new geometry of nature; and Joseph Ford who countered Einstein with 'God plays dice with the universe. But they're loaded dice.' Chaos is deep, even frightening in its holistic embrace of nature as paradoxically complex, wildly disorderly, random and yet stable in its infinite stream of 'self-similarities.' A ground-breaking book about what seems to be the future of physics."     ~Publishers Weekly

Excerpt

"Now that science is looking, chaos seems to be everywhere. A rising column of cigarette smoke breaks into wild swirls. A flag snaps back and forth in the wind. A dripping faucet goes from a steady pattern to a random one. Chaos appears in the behavior of the weather, the behavior of an airplane in flight, the behavior of cars clustering on an expressway, the behavior of oil flowing in underground pipes.

No matter what the medium, the behavior obeys the same newly discovered laws. That realization has begun to change the way business executives make decisions about insurance, the way astronomers look at the solar system, the way political theorists talk about the stresses leading to armed conflict."

Author Gleick, James
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 352 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1988
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