Like Gleick's more recent book, The Information , Chaos offers as much insight into how scientific theories develop as insight into the theories themselves. Robert Sapolsky said that, "Chaos is the first book since Baby Beluga where I've gotten to the last page and immediately started reading it over again from the front. A Proactive Guide to the Psychology of Mo Jan 27, Pavle rated it really liked it Shelves:
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Having said that it is highly advised to google the terms described in the book, like 'fractal …more Not to the extent that you jamex miss the point. Aug 26, Pages Buy.
I did study a bit of Physics in a past life, but you don't need to have a background in science to get something out of this book. Linear systems have an important modular virtue: Vintage- Chaos - pages.
Maybe those should have been the first two chapters. Their research had not advanced very far by the time this book was written in the theofy. I remember talking about it while eating dinner one day in the cafeteria with my physics teacher and some friends from class. This could have been because back when it was written a lot of researchers assumed the applicabilit When I first read this book back in what I think wasI would have rated it 5 stars, but now if I would reread it, which I do not plan on doing, I would give it only 4 stars because of the lack critical analysis.
Also by James Gleick. Science A Penguin book. Refresh and try again. It came too early which is reflected in the imprecision and shallow quality of Gleick's discussion, which can be frustratingly confusing at times.
This book, over two decades old now, is one of the great classics of science popularization. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. This book describes the beginnings of an important theory that explains many patterns and behaviors observed in nature that are not usually discussed in traditional science classes even to this day.
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Chaos: making a new science
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The Substance of Civilization: It is a gleicl for the lover of science for science sake and a qualitative introduction to chaos at that. The author mentions these conce This book was a disappointment. Still, Gleick conveys the 'appeal' of chaos theory, or at least what people think it is about.
That being said, this felt like a good introduction to the early history of scientists' efforts to understand and explain nonlinear systems and the apparent chaotic behavior observed in natural and man-made systems. Next page of related Sponsored Products. Of the three, the only one that we can see and play with is chaos.
View all 15 comments. Buddhabrot Orbit trap Pickover stalk. Penguin- Science - pages. Published December 1st by Penguin Books first published Later, it had been Newtonmore than any other philosopher, who effectively purged science of the need to resort to such mystical qualities. Books by James Gleick. He shows you pictures and dances around the pools of chaos and clouds of complexity, but never actually puts the reader INTO the churning water or shoots the reader into energized, cumuliform heaps.