Chaos: Making a New Science

Chaos: Making a New Science


By (author) James Gleick

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 26mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 24 February 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0749386061
  • ISBN 13: 9780749386061
  • Illustrations note: Ill.(some col.).
  • Sales rank: 24,676

Product description

This book brings together different work in the new field of physics called the chaos theory, an extension of classical mechanics, in which simple and complex causes are seen to interact. Mathematics may only be able to solve simple linear equations which experiment has pushed nature into obeying in a limited way, but now that computers can map the whole plane of solutions of non-linear equations a new vision of nature is revealed. The implications are staggeringly universal in all areas of scientific work and philosophical thought.

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Review quote

"Fascinating... Almost every paragraph contains a jolt" New York Times "Highly entertaining...a startling look at newly discovered universal laws" Chicago Tribune

Editorial reviews

Completely accessible to the lay person, with no knowledge of maths or science needed, this history of the new discipline of chaos is a wonderful opportunity to get an insight into science in the making. (Kirkus UK)