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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.
Great book! Don't let the publish date scare you off as chaos is chaos whether from 100 years ago or this instant. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jack Oliphant
The technology referenced in this book is now thirty years dated, but the gigantic ideas presented are still only beginning to be understood. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Wackezoid
Okay, the background information is nice but, let's face it, it's the pictures that makes this book. Read morePublished 17 days ago by J. P.
So impressed by the ideas and the readability of this selection. I can hardly wait to explore the science of chaos in more detail.Published 1 month ago by Robert Peters
Not being brand new anymore, it will always be relevant as a popular and easily read presentation of one of the important keys to the understanding of modern science.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've read this twice... great way to tell a story about science.Published 3 months ago by Erich the Red
This isn't a good book. It is more difficult to quantify than a simple adjective can allow.
If you know enough about "science" (maybe you read Discover or watch NOVA),... Read more
I wish I understood it better. Read it twice. Very interesting even to a non physicist non mathemeticianPublished 4 months ago by robert fitzmaurice