Reading Chaos: Making a New Science By James Gleick –

Uncover One Of The Most Exciting Frontiers Of Modern Physics In This Fascinating, Insightful And Accessible Overview Of Chaos Theory An Exceedingly Readable Introduction To A New Intellectual World ObserverFrom The Turbulence Of The Weather To The Complicated Rythmns Of The Human Heart, Chaos Is At The Centre Of Our Day To Day Lives Cutting Across Several Scientific Disciplines, James Gleick Explores And Elucidates The Science Of The Unpredicatable With An Immensely Readable Narrative Style And Flair An Awe Inspiring Book Reading Chaos Gave Me The Sensation That Someone Had Just Found The Light Switch Douglas Adams

7 thoughts on “Chaos: Making a New Science

  1. EsteNoEsMiNombre EsteNoEsMiNombre says:

    Compr el libro por el ciclo de conferencias de Stanford de Robert Sapolsky que lo tiene como lectura para explicar fen menos emergentes en la biolog a conductual El propio profesor dec a que para un tercio de personas les cambiar a la vida y un tercio lo considerar a infumable Pues yo creo que un poco de todo.En el lado positivo Te descubre un mundo de efectos no lineales que est n detr s de muchos fen menos Es interesante y posiblemente deber a conocerse m s Tiene ilustraciones internas para explicar los conceptosPero Es un libro antiguo La edici n ser del 97 pero los contenidos son de all por el 80 No s si se habr descubierto m s cosas El estilo es bastante pesado Siempre te empieza a contar la vida de cada cient fico que hizo alg n tipo de aportaci n Reptite muchos conceptos de forma machacona Est destinado a convencer a la comunidad acad mica y si no eres profesor las peleas y papers entre cient ficos te puede aburrir mucho Para describir un fen meno con base matem tica echo de menos que me ponga f rmulas por escrito Por un lado explica cosas muy complejas Por otro se para a explicarte los n meros complejos como si no supi ramos lo que son.Mi opini n es que son conceptos muy gr ficos que se benefician de las herramientas visuales as que posiblemente haya tres videos de youtube que explique la mitad de los conceptos mejor y, sobre todo, con menos paja.

  2. Draco Draco says:

    Este libro es fant stico, totalmente recomendado para cualquiera que tenga un m nimo de inter s en la f sica de sistemas complejos.

  3. Du Nguyen Du Nguyen says:

    Chaos Making a New Science by James Gleick is the story of how chaos theory was popularized in different fields of study.In Chaos, Gleick looks at how the science of chaos was developed It s pretty interesting to follow how researchers in different fields somehow discovers how the theory is not as it seems How simple systems are not just simple systems but can evolve into complex systems And how these researchers through their curiosity and open mindedness were able to see that perhaps there s a new paradigm and a new theory to be discovered.Unfortunately I don t think this book is very well written The purpose and point of the book is quite hard to see Does Gleick want to tell us about chaos In that case the explanations are few and far between and when an explanation of chaos is attempted, it doesn t quite adequately explain it Perhaps this is to tell the human side of chaos How recognition might not always come but the pursuit of truth is important In this case I am unconvinced as the structure doesn t allow that to come across The book seems to be about individuals and looks to be split up into small autobiographies Finishing this book, I m not really sure what it was I was supposed to get out of it The most interesting point for me was how Kuhn s theory of scientific revolutions was exemplified but other than this I don t feel like I got anything else out of the book.This is then not a book about chaos theory It s a collection of stories of the people who helped bring about chaos theory and their struggles in doing so.

  4. from California from California says:

    This book describes the beginnings of an important theory that explains many patterns and behaviors observed in nature that are not usually discussed in traditional science classes even to this day It s not an easy read but the book s content is well worth the effort especially to those interested in science and how nature works.I believe this book will be most rewarding to readers with knowledge of science at high school college levels, in particular readers that understand how equations math are used in sciences to describe and predict the behavior of various systems objects.3 stars for the prose Gleick s writing doesn t flow and is often hard to follow I can t say it was enjoyable read, most of the time I felt that I had to extract what he is trying to say by rereading certain sections.5 stars for the content, breadth, and depth Gleick casts a wide net in describing how pieces of Chaos theory emerged from several scientific fields He did a phenomenal job in researching the topic and immersing himself in technical details.Several keywords to take away from this book are Chaotic systems, Fractals and Self Similar patterns, Butterfly effect, Nonlinear systems,Dynamic systems, Bifurcating systems, Attractor One example of how fractals appear in landscapes .Chaos theory spawned several new subfields broadly can be labelled as Emergent Complexity.

  5. Patrick Thibaut Patrick Thibaut says:

    This book was not bad and it tought me a thing or two, but I would have liked math It s 75% about the who s who on campus , I mean the history of scientists and their discoveries.

  6. Julio1fer Julio1fer says:

    Very readable introduction to the field, an excellent popular account I had read Mandelbrodt s classic on fractals when it appeared, but had not followed on developments.In this book, I liked the story telling and didactic explanations Should be a nice gift for youngsters interested in math or physics A bit explicit math would have been helpful sometimes the author bends over backwards to avoid even simple formulae or equations, which might have been easier to understand for readers with college math than verbal explanations.I got interested and probably will follow on with advanced material.The book may be a bit dated now, but not being an expert, I find it hard to point out specific items that should be added or updated I am sure that a lot of things have happened after the book was published I would also have appreciated a longer list of citations of the original publications.

  7. Customer Customer says:

    an amaizng book even for a non science person like me, it was a great read glecik has made the language so simple that i found each and every page interesting and understandable this rates as one of the best books i have ever read in my iife i have understood now the fact that most of the life we have lead or are leading, has to have a component of chaos in it, and it is alright not to fret over it.