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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.
I wish I understood it better. Read it twice. Very interesting even to a non physicist non mathemeticianPublished 23 days ago by robert fitzmaurice
My mother bought our first computer, an original 1985 Macintosh, when I was in elementary school. I quickly set to trying to figure out how it worked- and set to learning to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cryptic Counselor
Gleick's books are well researched, and brings new information to the reader
This book is for someone interested in the research world of science
This book is a great introduction to the scientists that pioneered chaos theory. Gleick makes the subject matter accessible to a more general audience, which is respectable, but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by j. blackmon
An essential book for anyone who wants to strike out on their own.Published 1 month ago by Charles Ferraro
Excellent intro to the new science of complexity and chaos (non-linear dynamics) and its relevance to everyday life. (It's also a good intro to approach Kabbalah)Published 2 months ago by Bryan Pease
Interesting. A bit difficult to read for someone not familiarized with the theory.Published 2 months ago by Ricardo C
decently well done. no way does it measure up to The Information, though. same writing style, but this book's subject matter isn't nearly as enthralling.Published 3 months ago by soundwaveclick