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# The Essence of Chaos

Chaos surrounds us. Seemingly random events -- the flapping of a flag, a storm-driven wave striking the shore, a pinball's path -- often appear to have no order, no rational pattern. Explicating the theory of chaos and the consequences of its principal findings -- that actual, precise rules may govern such apparently random behavior -- has been a major part of the work of...more

Paperback, 240 pages

Published
October 1st 1995
by University of Washington Press
(first published January 1st 1993)

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Jul 18, 2009
DJ
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3 of 5 stars

Recommends it for:
anyone with "mathematical maturity" and an interest in chaos

Shelves:
popular-physics

At last, a somewhat respectable introduction to chaos for anyone not repulsed by a bit of math. Lorenz may not be as polished a writer as James Gleick, but his knowledge of the field, its mathematics, and its development is unrivaled.

The majority of the book is spent exploring several examples of chaotic systems in detail. The book is not necessarily packed with equations (those are saved for the appendices) but it does require some "mathematical maturity" (essentially, you must be able to read...more

The majority of the book is spent exploring several examples of chaotic systems in detail. The book is not necessarily packed with equations (those are saved for the appendices) but it does require some "mathematical maturity" (essentially, you must be able to read...more

Edward Lorenz takes a complicated topic and makes it accessible for all people, regardless of prior knowledge of chaos theory. He provides interesting and easy to follow examples of chaos, fractals and complexity. The illustrations are helpful and he includes a glossary of terms to aid the beginning chaos enthusiasts to quickly become familiar with the terminology. Mr. Lorenz gives a brief history of chaos and explains how it is used in the study of mathematics, me...more

The Essence of Chaos is a valiant effort to try to describe the concepts behind chaotic and limited-chaotic systems. He chose some interesting examples, but there might have been others that have greater universal appeal. He stops just at Mandlebrott just short of some of the more interesting possibilities of Chaos theory in describing social system. That's unfortunate. But, hey, it's a short book!!

Mar 20, 2008
Leland
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i'm reading about 5 books on chaos theory and fractal geometry. i'm doing research on the mandelbrot set for a mathematics seminar. basically, after my resarch, i'll rate each of the books on mathematical insight, helpfulness, and essentially how easy it is to read ( although this is an extremely complicated level of math and sometimes hard to follow even the easiest of texts)

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