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Chaos: Making a New Science

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The million-copy bestseller by National Book Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist James Gleick that reveals the science behind chaos theory
National bestsellerMore than a million copies sold

A work of popular science in the tradition of Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, this 20th-anniversary edition of James Gleick’s groundbreaking bestseller Chaos introduces a whole new
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Penguin Books (first published 1987)
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Riku Sayuj
Jan 18, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chaos: The Tip of a Giant Iceberg

Gleick only gives an introduction about the actual science and beauty of Chaos. Instead he focusses on giving a poetic account of the scientists who first stumbled on it -- and their great surprise and their struggles form the narrative crux of the book.

While some may say this makes it a less informative book, for me this made it one of the most intriguing non-fiction books I have read. Gleick's way of telling the stories makes the reader share in the wonder and
لم أبدأ الكتاب إلا بعد نصيحة من أحد مُراجعي الكتاب على الموقع، ينصح من ليس له باع في الرياضيات بألا يخاف من الإقدام على قراءته ويعده بالكثير من الحماس!

حسناً، يمكنني القول أنني لم أفهم أكثر من نصف ما جاء في الكتاب، فالكتاب يعج بتجارب فيزيائية ومبادئ رياضية عجزت عن تصورها .. ربما بحكم بعد دراستي عن هذه الأمور "المرعبة"، ولكن نصيحة القارئ تحققت جزئياً، فقد أصبح لدي حماس كبير لمعرفة المزيد عن نظرية الفوضى

سأبدأ بعيوب الكتاب، كانت هناك معلومات لا داع لها على الإطلاق، فماذا سأستفيد من معرفة مكان سكن ا
Feb 26, 2016 Darwin8u rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
"The future is disorder."
― Tom Stoppard, Arcadia

“The unpredictable and the predetermined unfold together to make everything the way it is.”
― Tom Stoppard, Arcadia


Half 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 force living just beyond the push. I'm not alone. Many of my favorite authors (Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Pynchon, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) and musicians (Mahler, Beethoven, etc) all dance aroun
Jan 18, 2014 Hadrian rated it liked it
A series of extremely interesting and well-written biographies and anecdotes which don't really explain directly what chaos theory really is. No equations and lots of graphs, but that's just to make sure the general public isn't scared away.

Still, Gleick conveys the 'appeal' of chaos theory, or at least what people think it is about. In a complex system, the most minuscule change in initial conditions leads to drastic or unpredictable changes in the output. It is important not just in physics or
Sep 19, 2013 Ianw19 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Reading Chaos will teach you that the world is neat and messy, predictable and unpredictable. The way you see it depends on how you look at it. For instance, the discussion of fractals will show you that there can be infinite space within a finite area. So, while you know when you reach into a box of chocolates that you're going to get chocolate, you still have no idea exactly what you're going to get: There is infinite "space" for possibilities within the finite categorical "area" of chocol
Lis Carey
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 fascinating, enjoyable introduction to one of the most important scientific developments of our time--the birth of chaos theory.

One of the compelling features 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 mathematic
Dec 08, 2007 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, maths
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 front.

I really do like popular science books, particularly if they are well written, relatively easy to follow and don'
Sep 03, 2016 hayatem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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( نظرية الكايوس أو الشواش)-تعد أحد أهم الثورات العلمية في القرن العشرين والعلم الحديث.
اذ تعتبر ثالث أهم نظرية بعد النسبية لآينشتاين والنظرية الكمومية( ميكانيكا الكم).

اشتهرت النظرية باسم «أثر جناح الفراشة»
الذي راج أولاً في أوساط خبراء الطقس- و تقول أن رفة جناح فراشة فوق بيجينغ تستطيع أن تغير نظام العواصف فوق نيويورك. وحسب المؤلف تعود أصول هذه النظرية لأعمال فكرية عدة في تاريخ العلم والثقافة .
غيرت النظرية الكثير في الأسس الفكرية والمنهجية التقليدية المتبعة، فهي تدحض مزاعم الحتمية والمحكم في الع
When reading science books, it's difficult to know whether what you're reading is current or not. Gleick's book was first 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 felt 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 systems.

If you haven't studied science
Chaos, the concept, is often explained in terms of a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world, which tips some indescribable balance, leading to rain falling in another part of the world. It's an overworn cliche by now, but one that still gets to the heart of a quality of nature that scientists and mathematicians prior to the 20th century didn't really grasp. It was hardly their fault. Living in the age of slide rules and tables (or before), they can't really be blamed for focusing ...more
Aug 30, 2013 Trav rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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More a biography of an idea than an explanation of a theory.

Gleick's examination of the emergence of chaos theory is well written, and relatively easy to read (relative when one compares it to the technical and academic articles on the subject upon which he draws). However, his focus is not so much on explaining the theory of chaos than on telling the story of chaos's transition from the fringe to the mainstream. In this, his work is an excellent complement to Kuhn's work on the The Structure of
Donna Woodwell
Dec 06, 2012 Donna Woodwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
This book came out in the late 80s, and I've crossed paths with it several times without reading it. I remember talking about it while eating dinner one day in the cafeteria with my physics teacher and some friends from class. And my ex-husband had it on his shelf and I never got around to reading it. I finally picked up my own copy a couple weeks ago.

Gleick is a fabulous writer. Though a popular science book can only gloss a highly technical subject, Gleick does it well. But I found this book
Jeff HansPetersen
Sep 24, 2008 Jeff HansPetersen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally read the book that ought to have been required reading for freshman physics majors for the past 20 years! The other day when the radio announcer reported the length of the Florida coastline, I found myself wondering what length measuring stick was used. It is interesting to contemplate how much of the themes of this book have migrated into the modern cultural consciousness. Then, you may wind up contemplating how much of that migration was due to Jeff Goldblum's ham-fisted illustration ...more
Jonathan Chuang
I found it quite informative, especially in communicating what it would perhaps be like working in science at an exciting time. However there were many sections that bored me and aperiodic jumps in his focus that left me lost a bit.

All in all I can say I have a better grasp of what chaos is all about... but on a bit of reflection... well, no, not really. A good history I guess, I'm now all fired up to read textbooks on this stuff (:
Dec 28, 2014 Nader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
كتاب رائع، رغم ان المترجم بذل مجهودا ضخما في الترجمة الا انها كانت صعبة الفهم في كثير من الاحيان واضطررت للرجوع لمصادر اخرى. تشككت كثيرا اثناء القراءة في كون هذه النظرية علما اصلا وليس مجرد خرافات ولكن اتضح انه علم قائم بالفعل ونحن في غيبة عنه.
Feb 21, 2012 Victoire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome predictability of unpredictability, namely sensitive dependence on initial conditions. Wonderful bifurcations and pretty things abound... it'll make you realise why we'll never understand everything.
Taoufiq Hebboul
(وَمَا أُوتِيتُمْ مِنْ الْعِلْمِ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاً)
أظنها الجملة المناسبة لوصف هذا للكتاب
Ami Iida
Mar 12, 2015 Ami Iida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This document is a basic book on chaos fractal theory.

I prefer both text and its Illustrated.
Davide Nole
May 08, 2015 Davide Nole rated it really liked it
Feb 16, 2012 Gayle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I truly enjoy the way James Gleick can take a complicated subject apart for the inexpert, I did not enjoy this book as much as I did The Information. I caught myself skipping, counting pages to the end of the chapter, even yawning and dropping off. Not a good sign for me.

Some chapters had me on the edge of my seat, or thinking "Ah ha! That's how that works." The overall sense that chaos has a sometimes deeply hidden pattern (that applies to all things) is interesting, but I didn't need
in the spirit of chaos, JG writes this strangely attractive book in an unpredictably aperiodically chaotic fashion, I never understand the messy structure of this book. sometimes he follows through the development of an idea very thoroughly, sometimes he randomly introduces something and then moves on to another guy who seems to be totally unrelated to the previous guy. There's not enough math for my liking and too much rambling about the scientists rather than what they actually did. Although I ...more
Doug Dillon
Jun 14, 2012 Doug Dillon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chaos Theory explained in terms you can understand. Author James Gleick leads the reader in an exploration of patterns that lie just beneath the surface of what appears to be total randomness. His discussions about finding order in abundantly unexpected places adds a comforting depth to the universe we thought we knew.

Gleick's use of graphics, especially fractals, to explain this mathematically driven concept, greatly benefits math challenged people like myself. His use of short, attractive chap
Aug 14, 2007 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great introduction to the subject. It turns out nonlinear systems are everywhere. Engineers have fooled ourselves by linearizing things for so long. We've basically pretended nonlinear responses are linear, so that we can deal with them. It turns out there is some extremely surprising and interesting behavior which is predictable in a general way, even if unpredictable in an exact way, that we've overlooked up to the last decade or so when Chaos as a science began to yield so many int ...more
Koen Crolla
Too heavy on human interest, too light on maths, and Gleick has read more Kuhn than is good for him. It's another journalist writing about mathematics, though this one anticipated the Wikipedia Age by two decades. While he does exhibit a fair degree of sloppiness (``unbounded'' is not a synonym for ``infinite'', ``infinite'' does not mean ``quite big''), Chaos actually isn't all that bad as a fairly shallow introduction to chaos theory. It's not what I was looking for, but exactly what I expecte ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Bruce rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This book was a disappointment. The author spent too much time in repeating the same terminology and concepts like 'strange attractors' and 'sensitive dependence on initial conditions' and not enough time making it tangible by using real examples that would have made it more meaningful. For instance, what does chaos theory/nonlinear science mean for weather forecasting, predicting asset class returns, crime statistics, economic growth, timing of natural disasters? The author mentions these conce
Jake Leech
Sep 25, 2014 Jake Leech rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely astonishing. There were times reading this book when I felt giddy. Part of it was the writing; I'd expected a book on chaos theory to be either dry, or daunting, or too smug, but this was quite straight forward. The other part was the subject matter itself. I'd heard of chaos, and that it had some relationship to fractals, but I'd dismissed the chaos part as pop-math and didn't really understand the link between chaos and fractals.

Instead, the book was very accessible, and the subject
Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The kind of book that just blows your mind with how cool it all is, and why doesn't anyone teach science like THIS. Because of this book, and the many delights that have followed, I am a lover of popular science writing. And also, I've learned way more than I ever did in school.
Jul 22, 2015 InaOkami rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
عندما بدأت الكتاب كنت متحمسة وتوقعت أن يتناول الكتاب علم الفوضى أو النظام اللا منتظم
ويسهب في شرح نظريات مشوقه مثل تأثير الفراشة والهندسة التكرارية والأبعاد فوق الثالث
لكن كل ما تضمنته هو إسهاب في تاريخ دراسة هذه الظواهر وسلسلة العلماء الذين تبحروا فيها وكرسوا وقتهم
وجهدهم لدراستها والرفض الذي لاقته نظرية الفوضى في بداياتها وصراع المفكرين لإثبات
أن علم الفوضى أو الكايوس علم دقيق يستحق الدراسة
بينما تلخص الحديث الفعلي والشرح للنظريات قرابة عشرين في المئة فقط من الكتلة الكلية لمحتوى الكتاب
فقط.. مجرد
Jun 13, 2015 Thom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bought this book a few years after it was released, but only read occasional chapters. Today I finished a cover-to-cover reading (including a 2008 afterword by the author) and it was pretty darn good.

The book begins and ends with Edward Lorenz, a weatherman who understood why we can't have long-term weather forecasting. Along the way we touch on Mitchell Feigenbaum and his constants, and Benoit Mandelbrot and his fractal dimensions. Utilizing computers to plot what early mathematicians and physi
Nothing ...
الحمد لله انتهيت الان من كتاب نظريهالفوضى ..

من البداية كان الكتاب جدا صعب علي في قراءته وفي فهم محتواه ..كنت اتجنب قراءته من الفنيه الى الاخرى لكنني اراني لا اراديا اتصفحه لفهم هذي النظريه.. وكيف اثبتت اشياء وكيف استفاد العلماء من هذه النظرية

وكيف نشأت اساسا..

قبل قراءتي للكتاب قرأت عنه اسئله محيرة ومشوقه في نفس الوقت تصيب الانسان بالفضول كما اصابتني بالذهول الشديد والصدمة وعدم التصديق من البداية

تأثير جناح فراشه تطير بسلام في الصين .. ممكن ان يُسبب زلزالا مدمرًا بأمريكا..!

تأثير ضرب مسمار با
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James Gleick (born August 1, 1954) is an American author, journalist, and biographer, whose books explore the cultural ramifications of science and technology. Three of these books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists, and they have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Born in New York City, USA, Gleick attended Harvard College, graduating in 1976 with a degree in
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