Chaos and Harmony

Chaos and Harmony : Perspectives on Scientific Revolutions of the 20th Century

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Thuan recounts how a profound change in our worldview has come about, as the Newtonian picture of a sterile mechanistic and deterministic world, which dominated Western thought for 300 years, has, in the 20th century, given way to a liberated world brimming with creativity. We now recognise that reality is moulded by contingent events. The book details, in clear prose, how this sweeping change in world view has come about, using examples drawn from Astronomy, Physics, Biology and Mathematics. The science is presented soberly and accurately, but the book is suffused with passion and effectively communicates the feelings and values which accompany scientific understanding.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 380 pages
  • 160.3 x 240.3 x 28.4mm | 781.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8pp colour, 22 halftones, 36 line figures
  • 0195129172
  • 9780195129175

About Trin Xuan Thaun

Trinh Xuan Thuan is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Virginia, and the author of The Secret Melody. He is a well-known science writer in France, where his books have been major bestsellers. On leave from the University of Virginia until August, 2000, he is living in Paris, France.show more

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Here is a valuable, broad-brush sketch and popularization of the interface between the simple and the complex, be it in the physical, chemical, biological, engineering or behavioural domain ... well-written ... particularly useful is an extensive Glossary of technical terms ... All-in-all, this wonderful fact filled book is slightly more Chaos than Harmony! Zentralblatt MATHshow more

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