Chaos records the birth of a new science. This new science offers a way of seeing order and pattern where formerly only the random, the erratic, the unpredictable---in short, the chaotic--had been observed. In the words of Douglas Hofstadter, " It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk behind a facade of order--and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order."
James Gleick, is a journalist who chronicles the history of a scientific discovery. Just as the Quantum Theory impacts our current lives, so does the Chaos Theory. An informed person will want to read this book.
This book is great. This is a very fascinating subject, and though the author does attempt to write for all audiences, he doesn't skimp out on the good stuff (even though it can be a bit over one's head). If you do not have too much training in physics, math, or other higher level sciences, that's ok. You may have to re-read a few paragraphs every now and then. This book is for the kind of person that likes to stop and think deeply about what he or she has just read. Fantastic book. James Gleick is marvelous.
This records the birth of a new science, one that offers a way of seeing order and pattern where formerly only the random, the erratic, the unpredictable--in short, the chaotic--had been observed.
Absolutely great for a science book! One of the few books that I have read, enjoyed, and reread later to enjoy again. I've even picked up other copies to pass on to others...not stuffy and really explains or rathers puts into 'proper perspective' so many things in nature. Highly recommended...