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Does God Play Dice? The New Mathematics of Chaos 2nd Edition

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We'd better get used to chaos because it certainly isn't going anywhere. Mathematician Ian Stewart--who is also a very talented writer--shares his insights into the history and nature of the highly complex in Does God Play Dice: The New Mathematics of Chaos. While his delightful phrasings will draw in nearly every reader, those with a strong aversion to figures and formulae should understand that it will be slow going. Chaos math suffuses everything from dreaming to the motion of the planets, and Stewart's words can never match the precision of his numbers. Persistence pays off, though; there are so many "aha" moments of insight herein that it almost qualifies as a religious text. The second edition has been partially revised in the wake of 1990s research, and three exciting new chapters report on prediction and other applications of chaos mathematics. --Rob Lightner

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"A book well worth reading and a valuable contribution to the literature on chaos" (New Scientist)

"For those who have even rudimentary mathematical knowledge, for teachers and for lively-minded school and university students, Stewart give a valuable insight into the innards of chaos" (The Times Higher Education Supplement)

"A fine introduction to a complex subject" (Daily Telegraph)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (February 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631232516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631232513
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a physicist I frequently get bored with "science for the layman" books (for instance, Hawking's "Brief History of Time"). This was not the case with Stewart's "Dice" book. It is very well researched and written, in a style that wisely combines historical information with new discoveries, which are, therefore put into perspective. You can even try your hands in simple calculations with your PC. On the whole, a very balanced exposition, without, thank God!, the usual exageration on the place of chaos in the future of science. A very good place to start.
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I read and thoroughly enjoyed the first edition and purchased the second for the three new chapters. This book is a fun romp through the subject matter, just mathematical enough to get the gist wthout getting bogged down. I read this book for the overview of the subject and am now going through the Strogatz textbook for the details.

One thing to be aware of is that the original books published by Blackwell are preferable to the Penguin reprints. The Penguin books have *much* smaller text and figures.
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This mesmerizing historical overview of nonlinear science, full of seedy ideas and fascinating expositions (from heartbeat to weather forecast) is well worth reading. One of those "aha !" books that will broaden your understanding of the universe (and the rest), it is very "visual" and..well, a friend of mine said she considered it a "mental thriller" since it touches on the great old questions of determinism and predictability. As for "mathematics" in the title- don't be put off. The book is virtually mathless.
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(1st edition '89) Stewart's book gives the reader as strong a flavor for the constructs of chaos as possible without formulas everywhere. The author makes great use of figures to depict ideas and even gives readers home-projects to test for themselves. Further reading is given (with difficulty levels indicated) for the brave-hearted. Unfortunately, the book is lacking as a reference due to it's vague table of contents and sparse index. But as compared to Mark Ward's "Beyond Chaos", Stewart gives the reader a deeper understanding of the subject matter. Overall good read.
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Although chaos was a hype some years ago, it still is relevant to many branches of the physical and mathematical sciences. For non-mathematicians, like myself, it is quite difficult to get some good, solid, reliable information about what chaos theory is all about. Ian Stewart is that source of reliable information, and if you want to know what chaos is about, read this book first.

Stewart's approach is down-to-earth, leaving all the mystical ideas about the interconnectedness of the universe, behind. However, that does not mean that his writing is dull in any way. On the contrary, one can feel Stewart's enthousiasm for the mathematical weirdness of chaotic systems on every page. And the informal language and many puns make it a delight to read this book.

Stewart describes how chaotic behavior was discovered in the late 1800s but was forgotten for nearly a century. He describes how mathematical chaos relates to chaotic features of the empirical world such as the butterfly effect (quite a difficult subject, but Stewart does a magnificant job here). And he points to some of the ramification of chaos for our thinking about the universe (determinism and all that stuff).

All in all - a book that will make you think about the world in a different way.
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Ian Stewart accomplishes the near impossible; he describes an extremely difficult area of math and science in an intelligible manner. He writes with humor and in a straightforward manner, devoid of the pedantic convolutions that often make many math and science books boring and incomprehensible. He writes as if he were sitting next to you, trying his best to get you to understand what he is presenting, rather than (as some authors often due) trying to show how smart he is and how awfully difficult the subject is. This book is aimed at the general reader, and while it is about a very advanced mathematical subject it contains very few equations or the abstract symbolism that make mathematics so intimidating to many people. This book is not a textbook on non-linear dynamics (the underlying cause of chaotic behavior), and it does not provide enough information to solve problems that go beyond the simple examples that are used to describe the basic concepts. However, I did get a very good feeling for how Chaos Theory evolved, what it explains and why it is so important to many problems. This book is a very good choice for someone studying Chaos Theory in a more formal manner as it does an excellent job of providing an overview of the subject. The book is also an excellent choice for someone, like myself, who wants to know what Chaos Theory is all about but is not ready (or able) to study the subject in detail. While no mathematics, beyond that discussed in high school, is required, the reader should have enough of a mathematics and physics background to know what a differential equation is and some elementary mechanics, such as that involved with a simple pendulum.

The first 20% of the book reviews the inherent problem of non-linear dynamics and why it was ignored for so long.
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