Yet sometimes, in chaos theory, the complex outcome is not predictable. Gribbin, a science writer trained in astrophysics and currently a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex in England, smoothly traces the steps from chaos to complexity in such things as weather, earthquakes, the properties of the solar system, and the rise of the most complex system now known--life on Earth. And then he explores "the biggest question," which is whether there is "life beyond Earth."
Editors of Scientific American
A second or third reading of this wonderful book is truly worthwhile.
John Gribbin’s book Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity is a very interesting and rewarding read.
I have just finished reading Deep Simplicity and felt the urge to tell anyone who would listen how I felt about the book.
Falls into a class of scientific books I don't typically read. But here I am, reading it at an analytical level and even starting to cross-reference material and create new... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scott Marsh
Gribbin claims that the main theme of this book is “the emergence of life and its place in the Universe”. So, I had rather high hopes for it, but they were only partly fulfilled. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Howard A. Landman
Well written. Was enjoyable to read. It also fills a void since very few general audience books exist on this topic. You don't need to be a scientist to understand the book.Published 7 months ago by yg1968
The only reason I did not give this book a 5-star rating was because Gribbin covers so much territory..... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephen Knudsen
As usual in Gribbin, he writes for the "person next door", instead of the academicians, and without downgrading any part of its scientific content. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Ernesto Martínez
This book provides another overview of the development of Chaos Theory and the background to fractals. Read morePublished on September 3, 2011 by Steven Unwin
Having only just read the book 6 years after publication, I don't typically write a review for a book that so many others have already provided excellent reviews. Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by robert johnston
I came to this book via a recommendation by Charlie Munger, and while I can appreciate why he would like it (as the book is very multi-discipline), I found the central thesis to be... Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by Devon Reed
The book was a fascinating (and deep) introduction into Chaos Theory's history, science, and flowering applications. Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by Cinema Air