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Gosh, I was rather rude about this one, wasn t I I m moving the rating up a bit after my re read on audio because it wasn t that bad, although I still think it s a bit overrated James Gleick s Chaos is possibly one of the most overrated books ever written The first two pages are quite good, before rapidly declining to dullness and staying there The content consists of a few badly written half biographies, a few pretty pictures and vignettes of science, and no worthwhile mathematics whatsoever The result is neither interesting nor informative. A series of extremely interesting and well written biographies and anecdotes which don t really explain directly what chaos theory really is No equations and lots of graphs, but that s just to make sure the general public isn t scared away.Still, Gleick conveys the appeal of chaos theory, or at least what people think it is about In a complex system, the most minuscule change in initial conditions leads to drastic or unpredictable changes in the output It is important not just in physics or mathematics, but astronomy, climatology, biology, even economics Even if we can find a mathematical model behind the behavior of these complex systems, we cannot necessarily predict them That s chaos theory. The future is disorderTom Stoppard, ArcadiaThe unpredictable and the predetermined unfold together to make everything the way it isTom Stoppard, ArcadiaHalf of what draws me to physics, to theory, to Feynman and Fermat, to Wittgenstein and Weber, is the energy that boils beyond the theory The force living just beyond the push I m not alone Many of my favorite authors Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Pynchon, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and musicians Mahler, Beethoven, etc all dance around this same wicked fire This burn of the natural world, this magic of the unknown, is what draws me to read physics and philosophy as an absolute amature There are pieces and fractures in these books that actually DON T escape me They hit my brain and spin and keep spinning forever I imagine this is something felt also by Gleick, one of the top tier science writers out there My big grievance with this book is it falls too short His narrative is compelling, yes, the stories are interesting, sure, but he doesn t grab the central characters as well as a new journalist like John McPhee does He floats too far above the actual science and complexity He shows you pictures and dances around the pools of chaos and clouds of complexity, but never actually puts the reader INTO the churning water or shoots the reader into energized, cumuliform heaps This is a book for an advanced HS senior or an average college Freshman It is pop science and definitely has its place This is a book that is about translating the story of the science not the science for NOT the layman, but really the lazy layman That is probably one of the reasons it did so well Anyway, I m glad I read it, but just wish it was deeper, thicker, and way less predictable. I m totally in love with this book Like, totally.Why Because it GETS ME, MAN.Just kidding I m not anthropomorphizing a breakthrough in science Although, if I was, I d DEFINITELY be cuddling with this stream of seemingly random information that keeps repeating in regular ways, forming order from seeming chaos.Give me a seed and I will make you a universe Or one hell of a trippy fractal.I think I ll leave butterflies out of this.Small changes affect great extrapolations Our physics generators in video games relies on this So do aeronautical research, weather forecasts, stock market prediction, presidential elections and the resulting public outrage, and the fluid dynamics of my creamer swirling in my coffee Not to mention galaxy formation, fingerprints, shells, coastlines, or the thing that made the little dinos get the upper hand in those movies Truly, though, this book does a great job at explaining and giving us the unusual history of the science that brought pure mathematics out of the clouds and back into the real world, dealing with our observable reality Newton was okay for some things but all these new equations describe just HOW little uncertainties can create huge chaotic messes and still be reduced back to first causes Neat, huh I m totally stoked by these bad boys Of course, we re all, yeah, we use those equations all the time now and it s old hat, but not so long ago, they were totally in left field and none of the big boys wanted to play with them.So, yeah, it s like a total paradigm shift, man I m FEEL N it. . I did study a bit of Physics in a past life, but you don t need to have a background in science to get something out of this book It sounds terribly difficult, but really it isn t This book gives a wonderful explanation of the Butterfly Effect one of those ideas in science that everyone thinks they know and understands, but that generally people have upside down and back to front.I really do like popular science books, particularly if they are well written, relatively easy to follow and don t leave me feeling like I ve been looking over an abyss for hours Gleick never makes you feel this and takes you through some very difficult concepts with care and assurance A wonderful guide through what would ordinarily be a very difficult and frightening landscape. This book, over two decades old now, is one of the great classics of science popularization It was a blockbuster bestseller at the time, and it s still well worth reading, a fascinating, enjoyable introduction to one of the most important scientific developments of our time the birth of chaos theory.One of the compelling features of the chaos story is that this scientific breakthrough wasn t a physics, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, or biology breakthrough it was all of them A mathematician turned meteorologist, Edward Lorenz, builds a toy weather on what s still a fairly early computer in the early 1960s, and in working with the parameters, concludes that long term weather forecasting is doomed a simple deterministic system is producing unpredictable results Mitchell Feigenbaum, a theoretical physicist at Los Alamos in the early seventies, and two other scientists working together independently of him, are working on the problem of turbulence and.discover that it doesn t, as anticipated, build up gradually in an orderly manner Reach the tipping point, and there it is.Beloit Mandelbrot, an IBM mathematician working with an equation that produces fractals, arrives to give a presentation to an economics class and finds his equation already on the board the patterns he s found in pure math also apply in economics, the reproductive rates and numbers of animal populations, and countless other places.In each field, also, the initial work was most often either resisted or ignored Precisely because chaos was popping up all over, with just a few people in each of many different scientific fields, it was easy for scientists in any field to notice a paper or presentation, note the fact that is was completely different from the methods, logic, math that had relevance for their own work, that much of the work was in fact being done in other fields and dismiss it For new doctoral students, there were no mentors in chaos theory, no jobs, no journals devoted to chaos theory It completely upended ideas about how the natural world worked It was heady, exciting and much harder to explain than to demonstrate Much of what the first generation of chaos scientists did is incredibly easy to demonstrate with a laptop computer today but most of these chaos pioneers were working with handheld calculators, mainframe computers with dump terminals and limited and unreliable access for something so peripheral to the institution s perceived mission, computers whose only output device was a plotter.Gleick very effectively conveys the science, the excitement the early scientists working on it felt, and the challenges that faced them.Highly recommended. Tu som sa prv raz dozvedela o frakt loch tala som niekedy v obdob 1996 2000 a t to kniha la v na ej gympl ckej partii a aj medzi spolu iakmi na matfyze z ruky do ruky Podobne na tom bol Sobeck gen od Dawkinsa Dve knihy, ktor n m zam vali sveton zorom T spr vna YA literat ra v rokoch 1990 tych Obe si pam t m u len matne, tak e jasn kandid ti na rereading.Teraz 2018 som objavila ako odpor anie ku kurzu behavior lnej biol gie 1 Introduction to Human Behavioral Biology video predn ka zo Stanfordu 1961 my link text If you graph the history of cotton prices for all the years over the 140 years of record keeping, and then graph the prices for any period of time one year, one decade, one week during that period, the graphs will display the same pattern Mandelbrot. ^READ EBOOK ☂ Chaos: Making a New Science ⇮ The Million Copy Bestseller By National Book Award Nominee And Pulitzer Prize Finalist James Gleick The Author Of Time Travel A History That Reveals The Science Behind Chaos TheoryA Work Of Popular Science In The Tradition Of Stephen Hawking And Carl Sagan, This Th Anniversary Edition Of James Gleick S Groundbreaking Bestseller Chaos Introduces A Whole New Readership To Chaos Theory, One Of The Most Significant Waves Of Scientific Knowledge In Our Time From Edward Lorenz S Discovery Of The Butterfly Effect, To Mitchell Feigenbaum S Calculation Of A Universal Constant, To Benoit Mandelbrot S Concept Of Fractals, Which Created A New Geometry Of Nature, Gleick S Engaging Narrative Focuses On The Key Figures Whose Genius Converged To Chart An Innovative Direction For Science In Chaos, Gleick Makes The Story Of Chaos Theory Not Only Fascinating But Also Accessible To Beginners, And Opens Our Eyes To A Surprising New View Of The Universe