The twentieth-anniversary edition of the million-copy-plus Bestseller
THIS EDITION of James Gleick’s groundbreaking bestseller introduces to a whole new readership the story of one of the most significant waves of scientific knowledge in our time. By focusing on the key figures whose genius converged to chart an innovative direction for science, Gleick makes the story of chaos theory not only fascinating but also accessible, and opens our eyes to a surprising new view of the universe.
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Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly. James Gleick, a former science writer for the New York Times, resides in this exclusive category. In Chaos, he takes on the job of depicting the first years of the study of chaos--the seemingly random patterns that characterize many natural phenomena.
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 26-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.From the Publisher:
Read by Michael Jackson (the radio host).
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Descripción Viking Adult, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0670811785
Descripción Viking Adult, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0670811785
Descripción Viking Adult. Estado de conservación: Brand New. Ships from USA. FREE domestic shipping. Nº de ref. de la librería 0670811785
Descripción Viking Adult, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110670811785