The author's style is very chatty, which makes it readable and personable.
I'm reading the book for the third time (not because it is difficult to read, but simply because it repays rereading) and I admire it more with each reading.
There is no evidence, to date, that turbulence, economics, and most other phenomena that occur in nature or society are critical phenomena.
The book sensationalizes the topic while really having nothing of significance to say. I only read it in preparation for a presentation I had to give. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thomas W.
"To see a World in a grain of sand..."
(William Blake - "Auguries of Innocence")
A new theory of Complex Systems in embryo? Read more
The author is the discoverer of Self-Organized Criticality, and this is a easy and not to long book to read. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Automated Trader
I felt that the book was well written given that many of the concepts detailed were rather complex and advanced. Read morePublished 23 months ago by terry saillard
Per Bak, sadly now deceased, in How Nature Works wrote a book of considerable intellectual strength, but one quite accessible to the general reader. Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by Tony Harper
It's a short book that takes a long time to read. He explains topics well and simply. There's very little posturing. Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Todd Hoff & Linda Coleman
How Nature works is a fascinating book. I first heard of the late Per Bak and his sandpile theories when I a year ago or so read an article by Koubatis and Schönberger (1995)... Read morePublished on March 20, 2009 by Jan Husdal
This book is a great attempt at finding some universality based on systems in a "critical" state, with departures from such state taking place in a manner that follows power laws. Read morePublished on February 8, 2005 by N N Taleb
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding how Nature works. Nature by far is bursty, intermittent, diverse, highly inhomogeneous both in time and space. Read morePublished on January 23, 2005 by Dante Chialvo