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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Books; Auflage: Anniversary. (26. August 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9780143113454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143113454
  • ASIN: 0143113453
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,5 x 21,6 cm
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Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly. James Gleick, a former science writer for the New York Times, resides in this exclusive category. In Chaos, he takes on the job of depicting the first years of the study of chaos--the seemingly random patterns that characterize many natural phenomena.

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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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“ Fascinating . . . almost every paragraph contains a jolt.” The New York Times
“ Taut and exciting . . . a fascinating illustration of how the pattern of science changes.” The New York Times Book Review
“ Highly entertaining . . . a startling look at newly discovered universal laws.” Chicago Tribune
“ An awe-inspiring book. Reading it gave me that sensation othat someone had just found the light switch.” —Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Chaos is a feast.” The Washington Post Book World

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BOOK REVIEW of Chaos: Making a New Science.
We humans,by nature, desire order and predictability in our world. Perhaps thispartly explains the apparent negligence of non-linear systems and aperiodic phenomena and the stubborn resistance to attempts to explain or model them. In his book, Chaos, James Gleick chronicles the emergence of chaos theory from the first romantic insights to the dire ordeals endured by a few courageous thinkers.
The scientists Gleick presents weren't quite as comfortable following the well-trodden paths. They realized the shortcomings of science in explaining nature's most elusive behaviors and were driven by the desire to understand them. These brave and curious few listened to the voice of these neglected behaviors and heard a strangely magical song that entranced them, and they could not turn away.
Gleick explains how Edward Lorenz's first computer weather model demonstrated the unpredictability of aperiodic systems like the weather. Previously, modern science held that very small influences had little effect, a belief perhaps arising form the successes like the accurate forcasting of missile and spacecraft tragectories. But Lorenz discovered simple systems that were not predictable. His waterwheel is one. The other he produced by putting a simple three-equation system into motion. It never repeated itself, defying predictability, but it produced an image of order.
Inspired by Lorenz's paper "Deterministic Nonperiodic flow," James Yorke and Robert May cried out for recognition of non-linear systems and a re-thinking of the linear mathematic education that misleads students and scientists about the true nature of our world.
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Gleick's "Chaos" will change the way you look at the world. Not once, not twice, but three times, I found myself, jaw agape, staring through the text into infinity and pondering the immensity of what I had just read. This is as much a testament to Gleick's powerful prose as it is to the profound implications of chaos theory.
Gleick accomplishes an impressive feat in his chronicle of chaos' brief history. He skillfully interweaves the characters, their ideas, and the interactions among characters and ideas into a seamless story so as to give the reader an accurate sense of how chaos theory evolved over the course of a couple of decades.
While "Chaos" does not delve into the mathematics, it provides enough detail for readers with technical backgrounds to make the appropriate connections and develop a more complete understanding of chaos. Gleick also provides a thorough list of endnotes for additional reading.
Enjoy. This book will both entertain and astound you.
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I found this book in a second hand clothes store under a pile of paisley print ties. It would be no exaggeration to say that it changed my whole way of viewing the Universe. I had heard of the "Butterfly Effect", (although I had even that wrong.) But I read with a mixture of awe and elation, that occasionally brought me close to tears. I promise you, after reading this book, you will never look at a cloud speckled sky, or raindrops suspended on a washing line (yes, go have a closer look at the intervals!) the same again. I read it three times, not because the first time was too hard to grasp, but just for the sheer joy of the journey. However, I did find the last sections, about the applications a little dull. It was like the final flat straight coming into the station after a thrilling roller-coaster ride. Anyone can make a simple subject complicated. Gleick has made a complex subject simple and appealing. Read this book and start seeing again.
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There is no other reasonable way to approach and even begin to appreciate and understand the function of any biological system without being familiar with chaos theory. In writing "The Care and Feeding of Your Brain" chaos theory had a key role in bringing me to some workable explaination of how this beautiful organ functions and how we as individuals can influence it. This book by James Gleick was my first intro to chaos theory that was understandable and yet fully comprehensive. Since then I have gone much further but the insights provided by this book have proven invaluable in my further studies of the chaos inherent in complex biological systems. I have now gone back to it twice in the interim and have recommended it to several colleagues. It is very well written and was fun to read even on the third go-around. All the best to Jim Gleick...Kenneth Giuffre MD, author, "The Care and Feeding of Your Brain", Career press, 1999.
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Well, this is a pretty good read that introduces how and why this weird theory called Chaos came about to explain things that are too complicated for reductionistic science to handle. It's long on history and short on theory, so for some that may be a selling point and for others (masochists who want the nitty-gritty of the theory) that fact may be a drawback. At any rate, as far as science books go this one is pretty readable - most are about as interesting as a missionary's bachelor party. Could use a bit clearer organization and it left me thirsty for a little more meat in terms of explanation of the Theory itself - but you can extract it from the narrative to an extant. I liked it b/c it shows how little we REALLY know about the universe and its design. enjoy...
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