Chaos: Making a New Science is a debut non-fiction book by James Gleick that initially introduced the principles and early development of the chaos theory to. Caos: GLEICK JAMES: Books – Title, Caos Osservatorio straniero. Author, James Gleick. Publisher, Rizzoli, ISBN, , Length, pages. Subjects. Science.

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My favorite moments in the book are the ones when Gleick discusses the personal and intellectual challenges faced by scientists who struggled to find meaningful ideas to express about phenomena that had been dismissed by generations of brilliant minds as meaningless “noise. Glfick I read the audiobook version, will I be missing out anything cao important figures, graphs, etc? Anyway, I’m glad I read it, but just wish it was deeper, thicker, and way less predictable.

Chaos, the concept, is often explained in terms of a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world, which tips some indescribable balance, leading to rain falling in another part of the world. Gleick never makes you feel this and takes you through some very difficult concepts with glejck and assurance. Contains the obligatory Jurassic Park references in case you were worried.

PaperbackFirst Editionpages. Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly. Feb 05, Brad Lyerla rated it it was ok. But I found this book This book came out in the late 80s, and I’ve crossed paths with it several times without reading it.

His first book, Chaos: The other day when the radio announcer reported the length of the Florida coastline, I found myself wondering what length measuring stick was used. The first popular book about chaos theory, it describes the Mandelbrot setJulia setsand Lorenz attractors without using complicated mathematics.


It takes experimental evidence to show that chaos theory fits the particular phenomenon under study. The ambitious glick to use math in describing irregular shapes like leaves tleick human arteries meant going beyond the bounds of math that worked only on the kind of nice clean polygon shapes that, actually, never occur in nature.

Chaos: Making a New Science

Much of what the first generation of chaos scientists did is incredibly easy to demonstrate with a laptop computer today–but most of these chaos pioneers were working with handheld calculators, mainframe computers with dump terminals and limited and unreliable access for something so peripheral to the institution’s perceived mission, computers whose only output device was a plotter.

The author spent too much time in repeating the same terminology and concepts like ‘strange attractors’ and ‘sensitive dependence on initial conditions’ and not enough time making it tangible by using real examples that would have made it more meaningful. It is important not just in physics or mathematics, but astronomy, climatology, biology, even economics.

A History, a Theory, a Flood. Reach the tipping point, and there it is. An enhanced ebook edition was released by Open Road Media inadding embedded video and hyperlinked notes.

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. View all 8 comments. Gleick introduces us to figures like Edward Lorenz, whose work in weather prediction revealed that tiny differences in input in even simple mathematical models could lead to vast differences in output over time; Robert May, who discovered chaotic patterns in population dynamics; and Benoit Mandelbrot, now considered the father of fractals.

When reading science books, it’s difficult to know whether what you’re reading is current or not.


There are newer books on the subject but none better for us lay people. I did lift the Mandelbrot set equation from the book, and went on to developed a computer program which produce fractal art with it. This could have been because back when it was written a lot of researchers assumed the applicabilit When I first read this book back in what I think wasI would have rated it 5 stars, but now if I would reread it, which I do not plan on doing, I would give it only 4 stars because of the lack critical analysis.

fleick The result is neither interesting nor informative. This is a book that is more about translating the story of the science not the science for NOT the layman, but really the lazy layman. If I had the time, I’d like to run the calculations myself, as they seem within the reach of anyone with a laptop. Gleick is a fabulous writer.

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Littlewoodwhich he credits as forming the foundation of chaos theory, but also praised it as a popular account. Although I have read Mandelbrot previously, I did not enjoy that book as much. The text remains in print and is widely used as an introduction to the topic for glecik mathematical layperson.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It’s a case study in political gleifk and egos, sometimes cooperation and always wonder at seeing the world in a new way.

However, these two books are quite exciting!