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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.
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 5 days ago by Bryan Pease
Interesting. A bit difficult to read for someone not familiarized with the theory.Published 19 days 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 1 month ago by soundwaveclick
When I walk along the streets on a fine day, I see clouds and trees and the boundaries formed by blue skies and mountains. And also, I see buildings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by I am falling in love with my life
Interdisciplinary journey to the sources of chaos theory. For me, the greatest discovery in this book and at the same time the greatest inspiration is an attractor.Published 1 month ago by Matt Mayevsky
Still in the process of reading the book.Published 3 months ago by J P Stitch - MajGen (Ret.) MARSOC/JSOC
I read a few books about fractals and chaos when I was in college but I didn't totally understand them, but this book explains very clearly, without jargon, and with lots of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Player
I read this not long after it came out and have reread it twice since. It is a superb book on a new (at the time) and exciting kind of mathematics that promised to help understand... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas C. Fletcher