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Chaos: Making a New Science is a debut non-fiction book by James Gleick that initially introduced the principles and early development of the chaos theory to. Caos: GLEICK JAMES: Books – Title, Caos Osservatorio straniero. Author, James Gleick. Publisher, Rizzoli, ISBN, , Length, pages. Subjects. Science.

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The other day when the radio announcer reported the length of the Florida coastline, I found myself wondering what length measuring stick was used.

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.

It was a blockbuster bestseller at the time, and it’s still well worth reading, a fascinating, enjoyable introduction to one of the most important scientific developments of our time–the birth of chaos theory. A mathematic This book, over two decades old now, is one of the great classics of science popularization. This is not a purely technical book.

There is infinite “space” for possibilities within the finite categorical “area” of chocol Reading Chaos will teach you that the world is neat and messy, predictable and unpredictable. It seems to me like this boo Not so much a new science as an old obsession of a few mystics This book was a disappointment.

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. In any event, there is no reason to read it now. Of the three, the only one that we can see and play with is chaos. Oct 25, Bruce rated it it was ok Shelves: Instead he focusses on giving a poetic account of the scientists who first stumbled on it — and their great surprise and their struggles form the narrative crux of the book.

Although I have read Mandelbrot previously, I did not enjoy that book as much. I’m moving the rating up a bit after my re-read on audio glleick it wasn’t that bad, although I still think it’s a bit overrated. This book, over two decades old now, is one of the great classics of science popularization. The few things that kept being used as examples were the motion of water in a stream fluid dynamicsor air tubulence.


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Somehow, I must have missed out on the nuances of that book. Making a New Science. Still, a whole lot more could have been done to illustrate the application and implications of the subject.

Feb 05, Brad Lyerla rated it it was ok. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As for chaos itself, Gleick does an outstanding job of explaining the thought processes and investigative techniques that researchers bring to bear on chaos problems. Living in the age of slide rules and tables or beforethey can’t really be blamed for focusing Chaos, the concept, is often explained in terms of a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world, which tips some indescribable balance, leading to rain falling in another part of the world.

My big grievance with this book is it falls too short.

The first two pages are quite good, before rapidly declining to dullness and staying there. Littlewoodwhich he credits as forming the foundation of chaos theory, but also praised it as a popular account. I’m just not smart gleicm to get it. This burn of the natural world, this magic of the unknown, is what draws me to read physics and philosophy as an absolute amature. View all 4 comments.

A mathematician turned meteorologist, Edward Lorenz, builds a “toy weather” on what’s still a fairly early computer in the early s, and in working with the parameters, concludes that long-term weather forecasting is doomed–a simple deterministic system is producing unpredictable results.

Then, you may wind up contemplating how much of that migration was due to Jeff Goldblum’s ham-fisted illustrations in “Jurassic Park”. Mar 25, Lemar rated it it was amazing Shelves: They overlap quite a lot, but now I know all the pioneers in this field! In a complex system, the most minuscule change in initial conditions leads to drastic or unpredictable changes in the hleick.

Instead, it focuses as much on the scientists studying chaos as on the chaos itself. It sounds terribly difficult, but really it isn’t.


Chaos: Making a New Science

All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from May Pages to import images to Wikidata. Making a New Science. In the pages of Gleick’s book, the reader meets dozens of extraordinary and eccentric people. In that dissipation new forms are born. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I finally read the book that ought to have been required reading for freshman physics majors for the past 20 years! There are pieces and fractures in these books that actually DON’T escape me.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. One of the compelling features of the chaos story is that this scientific breakthrough wasn’t a physics, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, or biology breakthrough; it was all of them. Even if we can find a mathematical model behind the behavior of these complex systems, we cannot necessarily predict them. Much of what the first generation of chaos scientists did is incredibly easy to demonstrate with a laptop computer today–but most of these chaos pioneers were working with handheld calculators, mainframe computers with dump terminals and limited and unreliable access for something so peripheral to the institution’s perceived mission, computers whose only output device was a plotter.

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However, these two books are quite exciting! Each stumbling step, glejck misguided attempt and every remonstration expected in such a new endeavor is traced out in loving detail and these scientists come alive as insecure dramers daring to step beyond the realms of the possible. ISBN Faster: He floats too far above the actual science and complexity. See all 4 questions about Xaos. All in all I can say I have a better grasp of what chaos is all about