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 the public. Being the first popular book about chaos theory, it describes the Mandelbrot set , Julia sets , and Lorenz attractors without using complicated mathematics. It portrays the efforts of dozens of scientists whose separate work contributed to the developing field. The text remains in print and is widely used as an introduction to the topic for the mathematical layperson. An enhanced ebook edition was released by Open Road Media in , adding embedded video and hyperlinked notes. Robert Sapolsky said that, "Chaos is the first book since Baby Beluga where I've gotten to the last page and immediately started reading it over again from the front.
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This is not a purely technical book. Instead, it focuses as much on the scientists studying chaos as on the chaos itself.
In the pages of Gleick's book, the reader meets dozens of extraordinary and eccentric people. For instance, Mitchell Feigenbaum, who constructed and regulated his life by a hour clock and watched his waking hours come in and out of phase with those of his coworkers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. As for chaos itself, Gleick does an outstanding job of explaining the thought processes and investigative techniques that researchers bring to bear on chaos problems.
Rather than attempt to explain Julia sets, Lorenz attractors and the Mandelbrot Set with gigantically complicated equations, Chaos relies on sketches, photographs and Gleick's wonderful descriptive prose.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Caos by James Gleick. Waltensir Dutra Tradutor. Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly. In Chaos , James Gleick, a former science writer for the New York Times , shows that he resides in this exclusive category.
Here he takes on the job of depicting the first years of the study of chaos--the seemingly random patterns that characterise many Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly.
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. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , 4 , pages. Published by Campus first published October 29th More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Caos , please sign up. If I read the audiobook version, will I be missing out anything particularly important figures, graphs, etc?
Ashish Singh Not to the extent that you will miss the point. Having said that it is highly advised to google the terms described in the book, like 'fractal dimensi …more Not to the extent that you will miss the point. Having said that it is highly advised to google the terms described in the book, like 'fractal dimensions' and 'strange attractor' to actually visualize the mind of the god!!!
See all 5 questions about Caos…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. View all 4 comments. Readers also enjoyed. About James Gleick. James Gleick. James Gleick born August 1, is an American author, journalist, and biographer, whose books explore the cultural ramifications of science and technology.
Three of these books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists, and they have been translated into more than twenty languages. Born in New York City, USA, Gleick attended Harvard College, graduating in with a degree in James Gleick born August 1, is an American author, journalist, and biographer, whose books explore the cultural ramifications of science and technology.
Having worked for the Harvard Crimson and freelanced in Boston, he moved to Minneapolis, where he helped found a short-lived weekly newspaper, Metropolis.
After its demise, he returned to New York and joined as staff of the New York Times, where he worked for ten years as an editor and reporter.
In , he founded The Pipeline, an early Internet service. His first book, Chaos: Making a New Science, an international best-seller, chronicled the development of chaos theory and made the Butterfly Effect a household phrase. His early reporting on Microsoft anticipated the antitrust investigations by the U. Department of Justice and the European Commission. Gleick's essays charting the growth of the Internet included the "Fast Forward" column on technology in the New York Times Magazine from to and formed the basis of his book What Just Happened.
New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN Books by James Gleick. Related Articles. For more than a decade, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the world-renowned astrophysicist and host of the popular radio and Emmy-nominated televi Read more Trivia About Chaos: Making a N No trivia or quizzes yet. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Goodreads Librari Science and Natur
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