James Gleick is an American author and historian of science whose work has chronicled the . E Notes. ^ Doctorow, Cory (March 24, ). “James Gleick’s tour-de-force: The Information, a natural history of information theory”. Boing Boing. Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly. In Chaos, James Gleick, a former. Start by marking “Caos: a criação de uma nova ciência” as Want to Read: In Chaos, James Gleick, a former science writer for the New York Times, shows that .
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Not much was taken up from there till the s, when the computer revolutionized this new field of mathematics, allowing mathematicians to do complex iterative calculations and do experiments. No equations and lots of graphs, but that’s just to make sure the general public isn’t scared away.
I finally picked up my own copy a couple weeks ago. Lists with This Book. Although I truly enjoy the way James Gleick can take a complicated subject apart for the inexpert, I did not enjoy this book as much as I did The Information.
Agregar a Lista de ed Eliminar de Lista de favoritos. Recursion and eerie underlying order and initial factors setting things off and there’s, like, no way free will exists. Agregar a Lista de favoritos. After Lorenz, dozens of other scientists based their experiments faos of his work and studied turbulence, dimensions, liquids, even life itself.
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. Our feeling for beauty is inspired by the harmonious arrangement of order and disorder as it occurs in natural objects – in clouds, trees, mountain rangesor snow crystals.
You could not put the book down believing you now understand chaos theory, but you should have a better idea of its relevance, basic tenets, and, most importantly, where to look for a more focused examination.
Making a New Science.
This could have been because back when it was written a lot of researchers assumed the applicability of chaos theory to any thing that smelled of it. Living in the age of slide rules and tables or beforethey can’t really be blamed for focusing on phenomena that gleeick predictable, linear, and names to stable outcomes, and ignoring those that seemed too noisy, erratic, and error-prone to cos represented with an equation. As bonus, a s-era afterward in the audiobook provides a brief update of progress in some areas since the book’s original publication, and some thoughts on its cultural impact.
ISBN Genius: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.
As fascinating as the material is most of it, anywaythe typical reader will get tired of it when he or she still has 80 pages left to go. I did lift the Mandelbrot set equation from the book, and went on to developed a computer program which produce fractal art with it. See all 4 questions about Chaos…. The author mentions these conce This book was a disappointment.
Making a New Science. But he exaggerates the importance of these topics, presenting them as a holistic revolution in physics, overthrowing reductionism, which just isn’t the case.
Because of this book, and the many delights that have followed, I am a lover of popular science writing. Here he takes on the job of depicting the first years of the study of chaos–the seemingly random patterns that characterise many natural phenomena.
There’s not enough math for my liking and too much rambling about the scientists rather than what they actually did. It came too early which is reflected in the imprecision and shallow quality of Gleick’s discussion, which can be frustratingly confusing at times. Aug 27, Se rated it it was amazing. 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.
The content consists of a few badly written half-biographies, a few pretty pictures and v Gosh, I was rather rude about this one, wasn’t I?
Instead, it focuses as much on the scientists studying chaos as on the chaos itself. The last month has been quite interesting thanks to both Chaos and Sync. Chaos theory–you know, the butterfly beats its wings in China and causes a hurricane in the US? Scientifically dense for sure, but a good explanation of recent advances in modern science.
The system is deterministic, but you can’t say what it’s going to do next. Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly.
The process of chaos theory, developed from weather through to biology, caoe outlined clearly and generally accessibly. The author mentions these concepts but without going into lucid examples of what chaos theory implies for them.
It was very successful with a general audience back when it was new. Published by Campus first published Most items are shipped by US Postal Service. That’s how that works. Because of this, I found the book frustrating – both too complex to really grasp, and too superficial to really provide useful insight into the concept. So I’ll wait and see — for now I’ve other books to read that are calling.
And my ex-husband had it on his shelf and I never got around to reading it. His first book, Chaos: Since ornery, heroic Mandelbrot is jamds here, you get an exciting ride even i Romantic, dramatic, constructive pop science: His next books included two biographies, Genius: Actually, it is more than that–a lot more.