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The future is disorderTom Stoppard, ArcadiaThe unpredictable and the predetermined unfold together to make everything the way it isTom Stoppard, ArcadiaHalf of what draws me to physics, to theory, to Feynman and Fermat, to Wittgenstein and Weber, is the energy that boils beyond the theory The force living just beyond the push I m not alone Many of my favorite authors Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Pynchon, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and musicians Mahler, Beethoven, etc all dance arounThe future is disorderTom Stoppard, ArcadiaThe unpredictable and the predetermined unfold together to make everything the way it isTom Stoppard, ArcadiaHalf of what draws me to physics, to theory, to Feynman and Fermat, to Wittgenstein and Weber, is the energy that boils beyond the theory The force living just beyond the push I m not alone Many of my favorite authors Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Pynchon, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and musicians Mahler, Beethoven, etc all dance around this same wicked fire This burn of the natural world, this magic of the unknown, is what draws me to read physics and philosophy as an absolute amature There are pieces and fractures in these books that actually DON T escape me They hit my brain and spin and keep spinning forever I imagine this is something felt also by Gleick, one of the top tier science writers out there My big grievance with this book is it falls too short His narrative is compelling, yes, the stories are interesting, sure, but he doesn t grab the central characters as well as a new journalist like John McPhee does He floats too far above the actual science and complexity He shows you pictures and dances around the pools of chaos and clouds of complexity, but never actually puts the reader INTO the churning water or shoots the reader into energized, cumuliform heaps This is a book for an advanced HS senior or an average college Freshman It is pop science and definitely has its place This is a book that isabout translating the story of the science not the science for NOT the layman, but really the lazy layman That is probably one of the reasons it did so well Anyway, I m glad I read it, but just wish it was deeper, thicker, and way less predictable This book, over two decades old now, is one of the great classics of science popularization It was a blockbuster bestseller at the time, and it s still well worth reading, a fascinating, enjoyable introduction to one of the most important scientific developments of our time the birth of chaos theory.One of the compelling features of the chaos story is that this scientific breakthrough wasn t a physics, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, or biology breakthrough it was all of them A mathematic This book, over two decades old now, is one of the great classics of science popularization It was a blockbuster bestseller at the time, and it s still well worth reading, a fascinating, enjoyable introduction to one of the most important scientific developments of our time the birth of chaos theory.One of the compelling features of the chaos story is that this scientific breakthrough wasn t a physics, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, or biology breakthrough it was all of them A mathematician turned meteorologist, Edward Lorenz, builds a toy weather on what s still a fairly early computer in the early 1960s, and in working with the parameters, concludes that long term weather forecasting is doomed a simple deterministic system is producing unpredictable results Mitchell Feigenbaum, a theoretical physicist at Los Alamos in the early seventies, and two other scientists working together independently of him, are working on the problem of turbulence and.discover that it doesn t, as anticipated, build up gradually in an orderly manner Reach the tipping point, and there it is.Beloit Mandelbrot, an IBM mathematician working with an equation that produces fractals, arrives to give a presentation to an economics class and finds his equation already on the board the patterns he s found in pure math also apply in economics, the reproductive rates and numbers of animal populations, and countless other places.In each field, also, the initial work was most often either resisted or ignored Precisely because chaos was popping up all over, with just a few people in each of many different scientific fields, it was easy for scientists in any field to notice a paper or presentation, note the fact that is was completely different from the methods, logic, math that had relevance for their own work, that much of the work was in fact being done in other fields and dismiss it For new doctoral students, there were no mentors in chaos theory, no jobs, no journals devoted to chaos theory It completely upended ideas about how the natural world worked It was heady, exciting and much harder to explain than to demonstrate 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.Gleick very effectively conveys the science, the excitement the early scientists working on it felt, and the challenges that faced them.Highly recommended I m totally in love with this book Like, totally.Why Because it GETS ME, MAN.Just kidding I m not anthropomorphizing a breakthrough in science Although, if I was, I d DEFINITELY be cuddling with this stream of seemingly random information that keeps repeating in regular ways, forming order from seeming chaos.Give me a seed and I will make you a universe Or one hell of a trippy fractal.I think I ll leave butterflies out of this.Small changes affect great extrapolations Our physics generator I m totally in love with this book Like, totally.Why Because it GETS ME, MAN.Just kidding I m not anthropomorphizing a breakthrough in science Although, if I was, I d DEFINITELY be cuddling with this stream of seemingly random information that keeps repeating in regular ways, forming order from seeming chaos.Give me a seed and I will make you a universe Or one hell of a trippy fractal.I think I ll leave butterflies out of this.Small changes affect great extrapolations Our physics generators in video games relies on this So do aeronautical research, weather forecasts, stock market prediction, presidential elections and the resulting public outrage, and the fluid dynamics of my creamer swirling in my coffee Not to mention galaxy formation, fingerprints, shells, coastlines, or the thing that made the little dinos get the upper hand in those movies Truly, though, this book does a great job at explaining and giving us the unusual history of the science that brought pure mathematics out of the clouds and back into the real world, dealing with our observable reality Newton was okay for some things but all these new equations describe just HOW little uncertainties can create huge chaotic messes and still be reduced back to first causes Neat, huh I m totally stoked by these bad boys Of course, we re all, yeah, we use those equations all the time now and it s old hat, but not so long ago, they were totally in left field and none of the big boys wanted to play with them.So, yeah, it s like a total paradigm shift, man I m FEEL N it I did study a bit of Physics in a past life, but you don t need to have a background in science to get something out of this book It sounds terribly difficult, but really it isn t This book gives a wonderful explanation of the Butterfly Effect one of those ideas in science that everyone thinks they know and understands, but that generally people have upside down and back to front.I really do like popular science books, particularly if they are well written, relatively easy to follow and don I did study a bit of Physics in a past life, but you don t need to have a background in science to get something out of this book It sounds terribly difficult, but really it isn t This book gives a wonderful explanation of the Butterfly Effect one of those ideas in science that everyone thinks they know and understands, but that generally people have upside down and back to front.I really do like popular science books, particularly if they are well written, relatively easy to follow and don t leave me feeling like I ve been looking over an abyss for hours Gleick never makes you feel this and takes you through some very difficult concepts with care and assurance A wonderful guide through what would ordinarily be a very difficult and frightening landscape Gosh, I was rather rude about this one, wasn t I I m moving the rating up a bit after my re read on audio because it wasn t that bad, although I still think it s a bit overrated James Gleick s Chaos is possibly one of the most overrated books ever written The first two pages are quite good, before rapidly declining to dullness and staying there The content consists of a few badly written half biographies, a few pretty pictures and v Gosh, I was rather rude about this one, wasn t I I m moving the rating up a bit after my re read on audio because it wasn t that bad, although I still think it s a bit overrated James Gleick s Chaos is possibly one of the most overrated books ever written The first two pages are quite good, before rapidly declining to dullness and staying there The content consists of a few badly written half biographies, a few pretty pictures and vignettes of science, and no worthwhile mathematics whatsoever The result is neither interesting nor informative Read this book a long time ago I am not going to leave a proper review just a video that elegantly explains some of the mathematical spookiness of chaos theory and the mandelbrot set and will stir in you some mathematical paranoia Math is rigged folks.https www.youtube.com watch v ovJcs Read this book a long time ago I am not going to leave a proper review just a video that elegantly explains some of the mathematical spookiness of chaos theory and the mandelbrot set and will stir in you some mathematical paranoia Math is rigged folks.https www.youtube.com watch v ovJcs My interest in chaos theory and butterfly effect has been purely philosophical I guess the idea of alternate reality always intrigues me May be fueled by its implication in popular culture, movies, or books First time, when I read Ray Bradbury s A Sound of Thunder , I was really moved by the idea how something very small might eventually affect something greater at later phases.I also like two scenes from movies, one from Mr Nobody that rain scene which washed away the address My interest in chaos theory and butterfly effect has been purely philosophical I guess the idea of alternate reality always intrigues me May be fueled by its implication in popular culture, movies, or books First time, when I read Ray Bradbury s A Sound of Thunder , I was really moved by the idea how something very small might eventually affect something greater at later phases.I also like two scenes from movies, one from Mr Nobody that rain scene which washed away the address the car accident scene from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button I have one favorite comic story Daytripper which depicts so many alternate deaths a man can die in his life Actually, really we never know, how many alternate lives we are living every time we have been able to cross one of the busy roads successfully I know this implication of butterfly effect in popular culture is often erroneous Because it s almost always impossible to know what factors actually tipped off a particular system But there are always chances that changes in initial condition might accumulate into something different Or they may not maybe things happen inevitably However, we have no way to learn And somehow I have developed my own version I don t know when I started this thing, quite unconsciously, I guess From time to time, on rare occasions, I would form a binary event tree of life and would try to figure out the initial events that accumulated into current condition of life Obviously, there is no way to know And obviously I am not trying to figure out what else could have happened Maybe I am just trying to figure out the initial conditions of a Hidden Markov Model with life s current visible outcome It s kind of fun And there is no fixed rule And you would always end up with a different answer based on where you decide to stop You could stop looking for answers at personal level or at an impersonal level It s just fun However, apart from all these philosophical implications about life, I really wanted to learn a bit of science behind chaos theory This is my 2nd attempt at this book almost 2 years later and the book is still uninteresting as it was before I believe this is one of the most overrated books out there The book is hugely popular, always comes at first when you are looking for recommendations about chaos theory books So, first time I really had doubts about myself I thought maybe I am not doing justice to this book I still had my doubts this time So, I spent substantial amount of my time behind this book And I think I have done enough and cannot do anythingfor this book This is not actually a science book on Chaos thoery, rather a scientific history book about people who worked on Chaos theory Bits of biographies from here and there and merged in little chapters which actually don t tell you anything useful informative about the science of chaos theory The book is not rigorous at all And it s really a disappointment That s it When reading science books, it s difficult to know whether what you re reading is current or not Gleick s book was first published in 1987, so I imagine by now there have been many developments and modifications to the ideas and theories presented here That being said, this felt like a good introduction to the early history of scientists efforts to understand and explain nonlinear systems and the apparent chaotic behavior observed in natural and man made systems.If you haven t studied science When reading science books, it s difficult to know whether what you re reading is current or not Gleick s book was first published in 1987, so I imagine by now there have been many developments and modifications to the ideas and theories presented here That being said, this felt like a good introduction to the early history of scientists efforts to understand and explain nonlinear systems and the apparent chaotic behavior observed in natural and man made systems.If you haven t studied science or mathematics beyond the basics taught in U.S high schools, this book will be a challenge, but if you have an understanding of equations, geometry, and scientific research methods, you should be able to understand everything Gleick discusses here.I enjoyed this investigation of the order underlying what we perceive as disorder, especially fractals If I had the time, I d like to run the calculations myself, as they seem within the reach of anyone with a laptop Maybe this summer {DOWNLOAD E-PUB} ó Chaos: Making a New Science ñ The million copy bestseller by National Book Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist James Gleick the author of Time Travel A History that reveals the science behind chaos theoryA work of popular science in the tradition of Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, this th anniversary edition of James Gleick s groundbreaking bestseller Chaos introduces a whole new readership to chaos theory, one of the most significant waves of scientific knowledge in our time From Edward Lorenz s discovery of the Butterfly Effect, to Mitchell Feigenbaum s calculation of a universal constant, to Benoit Mandelbrot s concept of fractals, which created a new geometry of nature, Gleick s engaging narrative focuses on the key figures whose genius converged to chart an innovative direction for science In Chaos, Gleick makes the story of chaos theory not only fascinating but also accessible to beginners, and opens our eyes to a surprising new view of the universe The greatest discoveries of the 20th Century physics include Relativity Theory, Quantum Theory and Chaos Theory Of the three, the only one that we can see and play with is chaos From the flight patterns of flocks of birds, to heart arrhythmia, to stock market fluctuation to the coast of Alaska, the underlying patterns can be revealed in this wonderful branch of science There are newer books on the subject but none better for us lay people.