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Chaos:  Making a New Science
Chaos Under Control:  The Art and Science of Complexity


Chaos: Making a New Science
by James Gleick

[Chaos - The Making of a New Science] 

In his book, 'Chaos: Making a New Science', James Gleick chronicles the emergence of chaos theory from the first romantic insights to the dire ordeals endured by a few courageous thinkers.

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.

The scientists Gleick presents weren't quite 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.

Rather than attempt to explain Julia sets, Lorenz attractors, and the Mandelbrot Set with complicated equations, Chaos relies on sketches, photographs, and Gleick's wonderful descriptive prose.

With a clear voice, radiating from these pages of struggle and discovery, he advocates reform of a dogmatic and compartmentalized scientific community that resists change and ignores that which appears difficult, unexplainable, or seemingly unimportant.

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Making a New Science

Chaos Under Control : The Art and Science of Complexity
by David Peak, Michael Frame (Contributor)

[Chaos Under Control- The Art and Science of Complexity] 

Chapters:

1 - Art and Magic
2 - Only God Can Make a Tree?
3 - Unearthly Earthly Dimensions
4 - Chaos
5 - The Order Within
6 - Hide and Seek
7 - Benoit's World
8 - The Fragility of Order
9 - Some Call it Life

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ntroduces beginners and nonscientists to the dynamics of order and chaos,
the geometry of fractals and the new science of complexity.

Discusses topics such as the Butterfly Effect, self-organization, and emergent properties, and connects the study of complexity to other areas
within the sciences, the arts, and humanities.

Includes 16 color plates and numerous b&w photos and diagrams.
Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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