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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
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  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,6 x 21,4 cm
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Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly. In Chaos, James Gleick, a former science writer for the New York Times, shows that he resides in this exclusive category. Here he takes on the job of depicting the first years of the study of chaos--the seemingly random patterns that characterise 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. --Christine Buttery -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Genji am 11. Dezember 2012
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Hot Damn, dass war mal nen interessantes Buch.
Ich hab es im Rahmen meines Studiums gelesen und war echt beeindruckt, wie gut es Gleick gelingt diese schwierige Thematik runterzubrechen und verständlich zu erklären.
Allerdings kommt man hier mit Schulenglisch nicht sehr weit ;-)

Wer der Physik nicht abgeneigt ist und gerne mehr (viel mehr) über Chaostheorie erfahren möchte, wird von diesem Buch sehr gut begleitet.
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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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The book is exactly what one of the reviews said: A good history. If you want to learn something about chaos, you will probably be disappointed. Gleick has a way of jumping around between topics that never satisfies the curiosity of the reader.

To give one example: In one chapter he starts out with a story of some scientist submitting results to a journal only to get rejected because his discovery -- Julia sets -- have been discovered 50 years before. Gleick then continuous with fractality of the Newton algorithm, goes over to Mandelbrot and his set, which he developed with the goal in mind of indexing Julia sets, and ends the chapter with several nice and interesting anecdotes about fractals and their discoverers. At the end of the chapter one neither knows one single thing about Julia sets (other than they are fractal), one does not know whether Mandelbrot succeeded (and there is a relation between the Mandelbrot set and the Julia sets), nor does one know how the story about the rejected manuscript ended.

To summarize: If you are interested only in scientists rather than in science, this book is good for you (it has all the famous names in it: Mandelbrot, Feigenbaum, Lorenz, Ruelle, Yorke, May, etc.). If you know NOTHING about chaos theory, then the book might give you something, too: The concepts are explained in a very superficial, non-mathematical way to give you enough material to talk about during cocktail parties. If you already know concepts like strange attractors, sensitive dependence on initial conditions, and fractality, this book might not be the right one for you (unless you are interested in the history behind these concepts).
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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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