Chaos: Making a New Science 1st Edition
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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.
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Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Lexile Measure : 1160L
- Item Weight : 1.13 pounds
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140092501
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140092509
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.95 x 8.96 inches
- Publisher : Penguin Books; 1st Edition (December 1, 1988)
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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