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Caos (Very Short Introductions #159)

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L’effetto farfalla è la fortunata espressione coniata dal meteorologo Edward Lorenz negli anni Settanta del Novecento, per indicare come piccole variazioni nelle condizioni iniziali di un sistema possano provocare grossi stravolgimenti nel sistema stesso, e la sua definizione ha aperto la strada a una nuova stagione nel settore degli studi di logica e matematica. Una gocci ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published 2008 by Codice Edizioni (first published 2007)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Chaos: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #159), Leonard A. Smith
عنوان: آشنائی با نظریه ی آشفتگی؛ نویسنده: لئونارد اسمیت؛ مترجم: طه صلواتی فرد؛ تهران، شرکت نقد افکار، 1391؛ در 192 ص؛ واژه نامه دارد؛ شابک: ندارد؛ موضوع: رفتار آشوبناک در سیستم ها به زبان ساده؛ قرن 21 م
Mark Abrams
Dec 18, 2013 Mark Abrams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this in an interesting, but difficult read. That is not to say it was not a very helpful introduction, but this is a very complex and potentially daunting subject. This 176 page read serves as a very good springboard to a whole lot more reading! Unfortunately, I can see myself doing a lot more studying in this area; but that's the fun of it! I must admit that I enjoy learning about math, science, and philosophy; and this has plenty of all those things! Pardon me, but my "geek" is showing ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Ninvella rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, dnf, science
Abandonado 60%

Creo que voy a tener pesadillas con las iteraciones.

Este libro empezó bien, y supongo que mi experiencia leyéndolo ha sido una metáfora de lo que todos pensamos que ocurrió con las matemáticas cuando éramos estudiantes. Era fácil de entender hasta que empezaron a meterle letras y logaritmos y cosas varias.

El caso es que compré este libro porque creía que era de divulgación, y como todos los libros de divulgación, debería - debería- ser fácil de leer para personas que no entendamo
I think I understood about half of this book. The middle part went mostly over my head, when it discussed the various models. I know the author was trying to avoid putting formulas into the book, but when you're talking math (and how can you explain chaos theory without talking math?) it's often easier to understand if you actually include the formula, rather than explain what the formula does in words.

In any event, I learned quite a bit from this book. The most important thing? That the word "
Jan 05, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciated how it kept hammering away on the differences between models and reality; numbers in our mathematical models, the numbers we observe when taking measurements in the world, & the numbers inside a digital computer; and models, computer implementations of our models, and the real world.
Daniel Wright
Jul 28, 2014 Daniel Wright rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author's reluctance to explain his subject without using any maths beyond primary-school level makes it more difficult to understand, not less. Strip away everything that is thus incomprehensible and we are left with a few vignettes about how weird the world is and nothing much else.
Dan Cohen
A very short introduction, maybe, but it was a bit of a slog to get through and it didn't hit the mark.

This is very much a book about the mathematics of chaos - focussing on describing the major mathematical developments rather than on physical world applications. This despite the fact that the author uses only simple equations and makes plenty of references to physical world systems such as weather and climate. I have a mathematical degree (albeit a long time ago), but I still found the descrip
Michael Cayley
As others have pointed out, this is not an easy read. Explanations are often very compressed, and things are made more difficult by, first, the author's penchant for using metaphorical turns of phrase, and, second, his decision to rely largely on diagrams (not always very clearly reproduced) rather than introducing mathematical formulae. The emphasis is largely on chaos theory and prediction, though there is a shortish chapter on fractals. I would have preferred more maths, less metaphor, and a ...more
Andrew Dalby
Aug 29, 2016 Andrew Dalby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book but not an easy one. It is amazing because it does not hide from asking deep question about chaos, which is a problem with many other popular science books. Smith takes a full blooded philosophical approach to what chaos means and what it means for prediction. He takes the reader through all of the steps needed to make his argument and shows how all of the discoveries of the last 40 years fit together.

This is difficult for a first read on the subject because of the termi
Jul 27, 2015 Yang rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math-and-science
The topic treated in this book makes it a very tempting read. However the author seems to have failed to get the ideas across effectively. I do find some of the things he discussed, such as the Moore-Spiegel attractor and circuit (even if it was only one paragraph), Burns' day storm and weather prediction, and bifurcations quite interesting, but he began to get confusing, for me at least, somewhere around the topic of Lyapunov constants and limited computer memory leading to the loss of data acc ...more
John Kowalczyk
May 07, 2016 John Kowalczyk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with each of the previous books I read in this series, I was very impressed with the balance between layman and expert. This introduction into the recent state of chaos theory is broad and refreshing, and very often felt as if bordering philosophy. Smith does periodically explicitly bring in some philosophical concepts, but there seemed to be an underlying theme of self-created meaning/discovery into the current models of chaos that was very interesting to work through. I highly recommend thi ...more
May 23, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A decent introduction to non-linear dynamics. I give the first half 5* and the second half 3* because the concepts that the author tries to make clear in the latter part of the book are difficult to grapple with when he doesn't use equations to illustrate the point. It may be "A Very Short Introduction", but it's not going to work for non-math/science/engineering types.
May 31, 2016 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
The most technical very short introduction so far. Perfect level to be an easy read for me after years of university courses in math, physics, statistics, and computer simulation (exactly the topics discussed), probably requires some effort otherwise.
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