The million-copy bestseller by National Book Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist James Gleick—the author of Time Travel: A History—that reveals the. Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly. In Chaos, James Gleick, a former. 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.

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Contains the obligatory Jurassic Park references in case you were worried. I did, however, read the edition. Though a popular glfick book can only gloss a highly technical subject, Gleick does it well. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

But ultimately none of this is going to be the lasting impact of this book. Having said that it is highly advised to google the terms described in the book, like ‘fractal dimensions’ and ‘strange attractor’ jamss actually visualize the mind of the god!!! It’s quite the testament to how far modern scientific advances have come. Get to Know Us.

In a complex system, the most minuscule change in initial conditions leads to drastic or unpredictable changes in the output. His early reporting on Microsoft anticipated the antitrust investigations by the U.

It’s another journalist writing about mathematics, though this one anticipated the Wikipedia Age by two decades. Heisenberg [said], ‘I really think He may have an answer to the first question. Since the s, new generations of scientists search chaos for patterns with fresh ideas and new eyes.

This is not a purely technical book. The book got into a section on fractals, and that is the first portion that caused me to I admit, about 40 or so pages in I almost stopped reading. Rather than attempt to explain Julia sets, Lorenz attractors and the Mandelbrot Set with gigantically complicated equations, Chaos relies on sketches, photographs and Gleick’s wonderful descriptive prose.

Edward Lorenz was an Uames meteorologist who decided to do something no other scientists had done before: That is probably one of the reasons it did so well. I prefer both text and its Illustrated. Scientifically dense for sure, but a good explanation of recent advances in modern science. Department of Justice and the European Commission.


These men and women crossed academic disciplines of math, physics. In this, his work is an excellent complement to Kuhn’s work on the The Structure of More a biography of an idea than an explanation of a theory. Giving such beautiful accounts of the whol The last month has been quite interesting thanks to both Chaos and Sync. Using calculators and computers, this new generation of scholars brought a new age to the scientific world.

That is probably one of the reasons it did so well. However, in Chaoscas excitement about the subject, tends to cause him to wander, attempting to get every single detail in that he can.

Chaos: Making a New Science

As for chaos itself, Gleick does an outstanding job of explaining the thought processes and investigative techniques that researchers bring to bear gleicck chaos problems. 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. Born in New York City, USA, Gleick attended Harvard College, graduating in with a degree in James Gleick born August 1, is an American author, journalist, and biographer, whose books explore the cultural ramifications of science and technology.

Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, jmes obscure topics clearly and engagingly. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. For me, the real impact is that it has changed the way I look at the ordinary everyday world – the leaves, the trees, the pebbles, the pattern on the peels of an orange – everything is strangely magnified and beautiful now.

Reading Chaos will teach you that the world is neat and messy, predictable and unpredictable. Three of these books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists, and they have been translated into more than twenty languages. Precisely because chaos was popping up all over, with just a few people in each of many different scientific fields, it was easy for scientists in any field to notice a paper or presentation, note the fact that is was completely different from the methods, logic, jamse that had relevance for their own work, that much of the work was in fact being done in other fields–and dismiss it.

Most scientists back then were more used to using pen and paper, or chalk and chalkboard. Amazon Global Store UK International products have separate terms, are sold from abroad and may differ from local products, including fit, age ratings, and language of product, labeling or instructions. Negli ultimi quasi 30 anni grazie ai computer si sono fatti notevoli passi avanti nella comprensione di questi fenomeni.


To ask other readers questions about Vleickplease sign up. I finally read the book that ought to have been required reading for freshman physics majors for the past 20 years!

I had some interesting conversations with family members about some of the things I had been reading–measurement, patterns, patterns in the seemingly unpredictable.

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Since ornery, heroic Mandelbrot is included here, you get an exciting ride even i Romantic, dramatic, constructive pop science: Open Preview See a Problem? No equations and lots of graphs, but that’s just to make sure the general public isn’t scared away.

Jul 09, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: Yet it takes no great imagination for a climatologist to see that almost-intransitivity might well explain why the earth’s climate has drifted in and out of long Ice Ages at mysterious, irregular intervals.

I remember talking about it while eating dinner one day in the cafeteria with my physics teacher and some friends from class. I learned some things, even if just at a very high level, that gave me new outlooks on science.

There’s not enough math for my liking and too much rambling about the scientists rather than what they actually did. It is out of date. Gleick very effectively conveys the science, the excitement the early scientists working on it felt, and the challenges that faced them. However, Gleick gave proof how a new science could be created from just a simple, nonlinear equation. Sep 24, Jeff HansPetersen rated it really liked it. His narrative is compelling, yes, the stories are interesting, sure, but he doesn’t grab the central characters as well as a new journalist like John McPhee does.

Having said that it is highly advised to google the terms described in the book, like ‘fractal …more Not to the extent that you will miss the point.