Do we live in a simple or a complex universe Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart explore the ability of complicated rules to generate simple behaviour in nature through the collapse of chaos The most startling, thought provoking book I ve read all year I was pleased to learn that most of the things I thought I knew were wrong Terry Pratchett...
|Title||:||The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World (Penguin Science)|
|Number of Pages||:||408 Pages|
|File Size||:||571 KB|
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The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World (Penguin Science) Reviews
I can't say I enjoyed this, hard as I tried. I think the basic point they're trying to make is rather simple, but it didn't come across that way. I've read lots of stuff by Dawkins, Pinker, Ridley and others, but for me, the explanations and analogies here didn't work, and the fun bits weren't especially fun. I don't know if that says more about me or the writers, but I won't be looking for more books by them.
The writing of this book is an example of the complicity that is so well explained in it. Readers will want to read more on this and related writing.
On time, under budget. Very satisfied systems worked as designed.
Jack Cohen is a biologist and Ian Stewart is a mathematician. It is interesting to see the impact of chaos theory and complexity theory to their specialized areas. This book represents thoughts beyond the new science made popular by James Gleick in his far reaching book Chaos: Making a New Science, in which his description of Edward Lorenz's notion of Butterfly Effect dramatically altered the perception of many people from a orderly world to a chaotic world. The overwhelmingly numerous occurring phenomenon of chaos in nature was brought to the attention of the scientific circle. Chaos was found to be actually complexity beyond the comprehension of our mind but there is also naturally emerging simplicity out of the complexity. The collapse of chaos is the path of the development of our thinking from chaos/complexity towards simplicity. The opening of the book presents the intertwining phenomenon of complexity and simplicity.
The title of this book is slightly misleading, as it implies it is about chaos, complexity and simplicity.
This is a witty and at times brilliant book. The authors argue that the reductionist approach to science, which has flourished over the last 300 years, for a more holistic or contrextual approach. In the reductionist approach, scientists have choped problems into manageable bits - lab experiments or discreet mathematical problems - that eventually they assume will be fit together into a coherent whole. Nature in this view functions as a vast machine they can reduce and separate into its component parts.