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Does God Play Dice?: The New Mathematics of Chaos

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The revised and updated edition includes three completely new chapters on the prediction and control of chaotic systems. It also incorporates new information regarding the solar system and an account of complexity theory. This witty, lucid and engaging book makes the complex mathematics of chaos accessible and entertaining. Presents complex mathematics in an accessible sty ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 1989)
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Eleanore
An extremely accessible history of the emergence of chaos theory and description of its fundamental elements and dynamics. Written with an eye for humor, the book is a real triumph of conceptual clarity for the non-mathematically inclined and reflects an important extension to the basic qualitative understanding of science, the ramifications of which are still working themselves out even in the hard scientific disciplines. I am, however, thoroughly looking forward to the eventual impact this new ...more
Karel Baloun
It's stunning and intriguing review of nonlinear systems (chaos), from countless real world perspectives. Stewart's humorous and engaging writing style makes the book a pleasure. He starts from simple mathematical equations and simple physical systems such as pendulums and turbulent water, and routinely takes the idea out to cutting edge research or engineering possibilities.

Now I know what math textbooks and areas of study to proceed to, and Stewart has given mea geometric ability to visualize,
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Hadrian
A readable and witty introduction to chaos theory, which is only too misunderstood. This book focuses on the implications which chaos has in mathematics, with an emphasis on maps, fractals, and other such phenomenon. A solid layman introduction.
Charles
The best mathematical models for many physical events rely on chaotic formulas and the number continues to grow rapidly. It now appears that some exposure to chaos and fractals will be a necessary component of the education of all future applied mathematicians. Given the simplicity of many of the equations, it can be strongly argued that chaos should be an early component of all mathematics education. Also, programming a computer to generate the images is very simple and a lot of fun.
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Ahmed
A nice historical survey of Chaos theory and many related questions. Stewart has a simple way of writing hard mathematical concepts. I feel however that some parts of the book were not easy to understand (perhaps, more pictures were necessary - especially when he describes mechanical devices). But in general, a book that is recommended to mathematicians and non-mathematicians.

One last point: the book contains many mathmatical tricks, interesting stories, and a discussion on a philosophical ques
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Mangoo
Jan 11, 2011 Mangoo rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high school students
Chaos represents the third great scientific revolution of last century, after Einstein's relativity and (among the earliest) Plank's and Nernst's quantum field theory. As the others two, chaos is endowed with a veil of mistery and fantasy and remoteness, though appealing in this case, even though its rules are by now quite known and its growing applications are very disparate. This notwithstanding, chaos remains more a curiosity or an abused metaphor among college students, not talking about you ...more
Bradley Gram-hansen
Ian Stewart writes many books, including this one, which cater to both mathematicians and non-mathematicians. Although, no mathematical knowledge is required, they are very insightful books and are a great bit of fun!
Avvitare Mente
In just two word !!!! M IMPRESSED !! i study maths for like my entire life but never thought its ganna be that deep !!
i feel sorry for not readin that before !! just wow
Raffek
Really good book about chaos, which behaves in not yet understood way, but somehow beautiful and orderly. Beautiful paradox in maths.
Michales Liarmakopoulos
A pleasant introduction to chaos theory, for the layman. Basic high school mathematics are helpful.
Giulia
Interessante, ma veramente difficile per un lettore che come me non ha conoscenze di matematica, fisica e delle più recenti teorie in questi settori.
Brian Powell
I enjoyed this book initially but felt like it kinda ran out of steam about half-way through. The author's writing style is friendly and engaging, and the material is most definitely interesting. Overall, it was light in details -- which I guess is the point of a popular-level account -- but I found it generally lacking. The title is a bit sensationalized too -- god does play dice but not through chaos. The subtitle is also misleading -- this is not a book about the mathematics of chaos per se.. ...more
T Campbell
Entertaining and clearly the basis for a lot of modern understanding of the concept. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to brush up their own mathematical knowledge. It's an older book with added chapters, and could stand to be updated to be a bit more contemporary in terms of the modern implications of its subjects, but that's a tough compromise to manage: get too meaty and you lose accessibility. Still, I'm picking up another Ian Stewart book now.
Mark
Dec 01, 2012 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers interested in science and mathematics
A good introduction to chaos theory, and some of the mathematics behind it, and possible applications. Topics include strange attractors, self-similarity, and fractals. The book includes some helpful illustrations/illustrations. The book seems to go into a bit more mathematical detail (some actual equations) than a typical book about chaos theory for a general audience. The book seems to be a bit out-dated in some places (give that it was published in 1990).
Josh Holland
Lovely introduction to chaos and its discovery and applications in nonlinear dynamics. The style of writing is accessible but not patronising, and there is a nice amount of Ian Stewart's wit scattered amongst the pages.

It focuses more on chaos than the quantum mechanics the titular quote refers to, but there is a chapter on QM at the end. It is a very good read for people interested in chaos and how the world really works.
Koen Crolla
Nothing particularly new, but I guess I've read enough of these now that that was pretty likely. It's a very good overview of the whats and whys of chaos theory, comparable to Gribbin's Deep Simplicity, though maybe slightly less accessible. The final chapter is marred by an ill-conceived rant at a straw man of reductionism, but nobody is perfect.
Joe
excellent introduction to chaos theory and nonlinear dynamics, including their relationship to topology, history of discovery, and projections into the future. in particular enjoyed learning about poincare sections and how they relate to phase portraits and attractors. also chaotic control (von neuman's dream).
Eric
More Mathy than Chaos but covering much of the same ground. An excellent introduction to the wonders of phase space, and there's a fantastic little bit about Pointcaré near the beginning. Stewart's kind of a cad, though.
Piya
Tedious at times, I would recommend one to first read Lorenz's book. But the chapter on quantum mechanics (+ argument of what's really random) is very interesting.
BakuDreamer
Ought to be a DVD ( wish I'd discovered Ian Stewart a long time ago ) Overall great ~
Kiran
Jul 12, 2012 Kiran added it
You'll enjoy it if we can appreciate the ubiquitous mathematics in our world!
Terry
Another excellent introduction with another point of view
Carlisdania Mendoza
I liked it. Very fun to read, quite challenging.
Carroll Straus
Superb, even for a lay reader. Enchanting.
Artur Edward
Years ago opened teenager's eyes wide!
Carmen Mandel
"A journey into probability and chaos"
Manuel Rodríguez
Chaos is a wonderful topic.
Juliette Jimeno
Sep 22, 2008 Juliette Jimeno marked it as to-read
This one is a must
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Ian Stewart is an Emeritus Professor and Digital Media Fellow in the Mathematics Department at Warwick University, with special responsibility for public awareness of mathematics and science. He is best known for his popular science writing on mathematical themes.
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