James Gleick ☆ 6 reviewBig grievance with this book is it alls too short His narrativ 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 Pure Grit fascinating enjoyable introduction to one of the most important scientific developments of our time the birth of chaos theoryOne of the compellingeatures 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 Apple-Picking Day! fairly early computer in the early 1960s and in working with the parameters concludes that long term weatherorecasting 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 anddiscover that it doesn t as anticipated build up gradually in an orderly manner Reach the tipping point and there it isBeloit Mandelbrot an IBM mathematician working with an euation that produces ractals arrives to give a presentation to an economics class and inds his euation already on the board the patterns he s Ajax is All About Attack found in pure math also apply in economics the reproductive rates and numbers of animal populations and countless other placesIn eachield also the initial work was most often either resisted or ignored Precisely because chaos was popping up all over with just a America the Philosophical few people in each of many different scientificields it was easy The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North for scientists in anyield to notice a paper or presentation note the act that is was completely different rom the methods logic math that had relevance The Northman's Bride for their own work that much of the work was inact being done in other ields and dismiss it For
new doctoral studentsdoctoral students 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 irst 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 Cherry Bomb for something so peripheral to the institution s perceived mission computers whose only output device was a plotterGleick very effectively conveys the science the excitement the early scientists working on itelt and the challenges
That Faced ThemHighly Recommended My Interest Infaced themHighly recommended My interest in theory and butterfly effect has been purely philosophical I guess the idea of alternate reality always intrigues me May be Leading the Way 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 phasesI also like two scenesrom movies one rom Mr Nobody that rain scene which washed away the address the car accident scene rom The Curious Case of Benjamin Button I have one avorite 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 actors actually tipped off a particular system "But There Are Always " there are always 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 uite unconsciously I guess From time to time on rare occasions I would orm a binary event tree of life and would try to igure out the initial events that accumulated into current condition of life Obviously there is no way to kn. Eaking 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 ractals which crea.
I m totally in love with this book Like totallyWhy Because it GETS ME MANJust 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 orming order Song of the Forest from seeming chaosGive me a seed and I will make you a universe Or one hell of a trippyractalI think I ll leave butterflies out of thisSmall changes affect great extrapolations Our physics generators in video games relies on this So do aeronautical research weather orecasts stock market prediction presidential elections and the resulting public outrage and the luid dynamics of my creamer swirling in my coffee Not to mention galaxy A Constellation of Vital Phenomena formationingerprints 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 or some things but these new euations describe just HOW little
uncertainties can create huge chaotic messes and still be reduced back tocan huge chaotic messes and still be reduced back to causes Neat huh I m totally stoked by these bad boys Of course we re all yeah we use those euations all the time now and it s old hat but not so long ago they were totally in left ield and none of the big boys wanted to play with themSo yeah it s like a total paradigm shift man I m FEEL N it 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 Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights first two pages are uite good before rapidly declining to dullness and staying there The content consists of aew badly written half biographies a Still Life with Chickens few pretty pictures and vignettes of science and no worthwhile mathematics whatsoever The result is neither interesting nor informative I enjoyed this uick read though in the end I did not like CHAOS very much It is a breezy history of two decades of mostly disconnected work done by a number of different researchers in widely divergent areas of science In an apparent coincidence a small number of unrelated people became interested in studying aperiodic non linear problems arising in variousields of science all at roughly the same time Their research had not advanced very Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea far by the time this book was written in the mid 80s CHAOS was probably a little premature It came too early which is reflected in the imprecision and shallow uality of Gleick s discussion which can berustratingly confusing at times In any event there is no reason to read it now It is out of date I picked it up now only because it has been on my shelf Paradox Bound forever and I have long meant to read it It was very successful with a general audience back when it was newI don t know if the leading thinkers on the subject would agree with this but chaos theoryeels like a narrow slice of complexity theory For an elegant and comprehensive discussion of complexity theory read Stephen Wolfram s ground breaking work A NEW KIND OF SCIENCE published a decade ago and still making the news It s the real deal The uture is disorder Tom Stoppard Arcadia The unpredictable and the predetermined unfold together to make everything the way it is Tom 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 orce living just beyond the push I m not alone Many of my STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare favorite authors Cormac McCarthy Thomas Pynchon Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and musicians Mahler Beethoven etc all dance around this same wickedire 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 ractures in these books that actually DON T escape me They hit my brain and spin and keep spinning orever I imagine this is something Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays felt also by Gleick one of the top tier science writers out there My. The million copy bestseller by National Book Award nominee and Pulitzer Prizeinalist 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 20th anniversary edition of James Gleick's groundbr. ,
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What Else Could Have Happened Maybe I Am Just Tryingelse could have happened Maybe I am just trying What a Lass Wants figure out the initial conditions of a Hidden Markov Model with life s current visible outcome It s kind ofun And there is no ixed rule And you would "ALWAYS END UP WITH A DIFFERENT ANSWER BASED ON " end up with a different answer based on you decide to stop You could stop looking Mexican Hooker for answers at personal level or at an impersonal level It s justun However apart The League for the Suppression of Celery 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 atirst when you are looking The Thirteen-Gun Salute for recommendations about chaos theory books Soirst 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 anything Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery for 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 biographiesrom 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 Chaos The Tip of a Giant IcebergGleick only gives an introduction about the actual science and beauty of Chaos Instead he ocusses on giving a poetic account of the scientists who irst stumbled on it and their great surprise and their struggles The Day Fidel Died form the narrative crux of the bookWhile some may say this makes it a less informative bookor me this made it one of the most intriguing non iction books I have read Gleick s way of telling the stories makes the reader share in the wonder and incredulity of each pioneer as he stumbled upon this hitherto unguessed truth of nature Each stumbling step each misguided attempt and every remonstration expected in such a new endeavor is traced out in loving detail and these scientists come alive as insecure dramers daring to step beyond the realms of the possible Gleick makes heroes out of Mandelbrot Beno t and the others and weaves an otherworldly charm around their ideas This made the book pu 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 rontI really do like popular science books particularly if they are well written relatively easy to ollow and don t leave me eeling like I ve been looking over an abyss Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge for hours Gleick never makes youeel 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 The Outlaw and the Upstart King frightening landscape 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 riggedolkshttpswwwyoutubecomwatchvovJcs When reading science books it s difficult to know whether what you re reading is current or not Gleick s book was irst 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 elt 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 systemsIf you haven t studied science or mathematics beyond the basics taught in US high schools this book will be a challenge but if you have an understanding of euations geometry and scientific research methods you should be able to understand everything Ted a new geometry of nature Gleick's engaging narrative Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War focuses on the keyigures whose genius converged to chart an innovative direction or science In Chaos Gleick makes the story of chaos theory not only ascinating but also accessible to beginners and opens our eyes to a surprising new view of the universe.