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Chaotic dynamics (known popularly as chaos theory or, more simply, chaos) is among the most fascinating new fields in modern science, revolutionizing our understanding of order and pattern in nature. Symmetry, a traditional and highly developed area of mathematics, would seem to lie at the opposite end of the spectrum. From the branching of trees to the rose windows of gre ...more
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published December 3rd 1992 by Oxford University Press
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A fascinating but easy to follow guide to the world of fractals and cellular automata. This book was recommended to me by one of the country's leading mathematicians when I was first attempting to understand fractals. ...more
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I appreciated this book for how it got me to think about things I never spend time on. What is the definition of 'symmetry' and 'chaos'? Why do train wheels tend to move laterally? Why do people like those spiral wishing well coin funnels? I didn't understand a word of the mathematics, but it's an engaging book nonetheless. ...more
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