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This is not a purely technical book. Instead, it focuses as much on the scientists studying chaos as on the chaos itself. In the pages of Gleick's book, the reader meets dozens of extraordinary and eccentric people. For instance, Mitchell Feigenbaum, who constructed and regulated his life by a 26-hour clock and watched his waking hours come in and out of phase with those of his coworkers at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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. 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you have ever looked at looming storm clouds, blossoming ferns, or raging rivers and wondered why they do what they do, this is the book for you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JD.
Great read on the history of the emerging field of chaos theory as a loose multi-disciplinary field applicable to almost every discipline and yet adopted by no discipline as its... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vladimir Zuzukin
Favorite science book of all time. Hands down. It's a page turner, even for those of us most comfortable in the humanities.Published 2 months ago by Tyler Champine
Very interesting and fascinating book; I will defenitly read others from same author.Published 3 months ago by Fabio Casarini
Chaos is extremely difficult to understand. I imagine it is even more difficult to write about in an understandable way. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeremy Myers - Writing at TillHeComes