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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
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Paperback, 416 pages

Published
February 26th 2002
by Wiley-Blackwell
(first published 1989)

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This book is a solid, interesting and insightful introduction to Chaos theory (the relatively recent and fascinating branch of physics that deals with the study of nonlinear dynamical systems exhibiting extreme sensitivity to initial conditions, in which seemingly random complex behavior can derive from simple deterministic, innocuous-looking equations).

The material treated by the book is pretty standard for a good introduction to the subject: I think that it could actually be used as a supporti ...more

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When faced with accepting Quantum Mechanics, Einstein famously said: "God does not play dice with the universe", to which Stephen Hawking wittily replied: "Not only does God play, but he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen". Quantum Mechanics, you see, cannot be handled with simple every day linear mathematics. Instead we attempt to explain ...more

Now I know what math textbooks and areas of study to proceed to, and Stewart has given mea geometric ability to visualize, ...more

Esse livro fez-me recordar sobre a formação de Engenheiro de Controle de Processos, versando sobre inflexões, pontos de sela, autovalores (eigenvalues) e outros aspectos fascinantes à existência de um ponto de equilíbrio ou tendente à instabilidade.

Deve ser lido como um livro de idéias, sem as fórmulas matemáticas complexas para determinar se um ponto leva à instabilidade ou não, além das questões da passagem de um mundo analógio (mundo real) para o digital (compu ...more

To study ch ...more

Jan 11, 2011
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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
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*lot*more to maths than endlessly adding and dividing fractions!) Some fail by being too superficial, but Ian Stewart can't be accused of that. Here he takes on the relatively new field of chaos, the mathematics of systems where very small changes in ...more

Nov 10, 2017
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Ian explains in, I think, a very accessible way the mathematics of "Chaos". I found the selected examples simple enough and yet compelling and I liked the stories about the scientists who pioneered the field. Ian also outlook various applications of chaos theory to practical issues, including spring manufacturing.

A very nice introduction, which I recommend to those, like me, who run away when Greek symbols show up. I eventually did not understood whether God plays dice or not, but the I learned ...more

A very nice introduction, which I recommend to those, like me, who run away when Greek symbols show up. I eventually did not understood whether God plays dice or not, but the I learned ...more

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.

Aug 21, 2012
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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. 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. This particular edition of the book seems to be a bit out-dated in some places (given that it was published in 1990).

The book offers multitude of examples of nonlinearity's existence and utilization which quickly segway to how the mathematical theories explaining them were created.

I recommend this position to anyone casually interested in mathematics.

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Ian Nicholas 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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