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Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  841 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Over the past two decades, no field of scientific inquiry has had a more striking impact across a wide array of disciplines–from biology to physics, computing to meteorology–than that known as chaos and complexity, the study of complex systems. Now astrophysicist John Gribbin draws on his expertise to explore, in prose that communicates not only the wonder but the substanc ...more
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published April 5th 2005 by Random House (first published 2004)
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Mohammed Yusuf
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أشياء كبيرة تحدث نتيجة لحوادث صغيرة , هكذا كان لورنز يحاول تقريب الفكرة فقال مجازاً أن رفرفة فراشة في منطقة قد تقود لزلزال في منطقة أخرى , الكتاب علمي بكتابة أدبية جميلة

ولي بعد الملاحظات :

يبين هذا الكتاب التداخل الكبير بين علوم كالبيولوجيا و الرياضيات و الكيمياء مع الفيزياء ولا ننسى الانثروبولوجيا

من داخل الكتاب تلاحظ كيف أن كثير من النظريات تبدأ على أساس علمي مثلاً ومن ثم تصبح تعتمد على الطابع التخيلي ومن ثم إثبات هذا التخيل , حيث يحتاج الأمر لثقة بالنفس وتحديات كبيرة

هذه المعلومات عن الشواش وا
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Josh Hamacher
Dec 01, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is about chaos and complexity, how the interaction of simple rules can result in complex behavior.

The first quarter of the book is a remarkably readable history of math. Starting with Galileo and moving forward to modern times, Gribbin mentions most of the major discoveries that led to the modern understanding of chaos. I was very much looking forward to the rest of the book after finishing this second chapter.

Unfortunately the rest of the book was a minor disappointment. Without a his
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Yasser
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

“إنها البساطة التي تولِّد التعقد، مما يجعل الحياة ممكنة”
-مراي جلمان

الكتاب يتناول موضوعا شيقا جدا، وهو الفوضي وعلاقتها بالانتظام.. كلمتان متناقضتان ولكنهما مرتبطتان أكثر مما نعتقد..
من حركات الأجرام الفضائية للتنبؤ بالزلازل وانقراض الكائنات الحية، للتكاثر والتطور الدارويني.. كلها أمثلة على الانتظام عندما يخرج من العشوائية..

في سبعة فصول يحاول “جريبين” إظهار تلك العلاقة الوطيدة، فيبدأ بمحاولة وضع مفاهيم أساسية (الحالات الجاذبة، الزمن الدوري لبونكاريه، الموت الحراري للكون، وتأثير الفراشة)، وإظهار ب
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Nyamka Ganni
Aug 17, 2018 is currently reading it
I don't really get why this book is not popular enough! This is amazing!!
Sajith Kumar
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: popular-science
Noted science writer, John Gribbin, is on to a little known aspect of science related to chaos theory and self-organized complexity that is the basis of life and other complex systems. The book is organized as to be helpful for the initiate, and is a good attempt to bring this new concept into the public domain. Mathematics breaks down when the systems move from simple shapes or manipulations to complex objects and repetitive interactions begin on a large scale. Future states of such systems can ...more
Deniz Cem Önduygu
This was my first Gribbin and the first few chapters made me regret not reading him before: a delightful historical summary of our theories for gravity and thermodynamics with patiently explained mathematics, accompanied by a careful discussion of determinism – a real page-turner.

The latter part of the book however didn't live up to my expectations – especially the way he handles the issue of life, endorsing a metabolism-first approach without explaining how RNA-DNA integrated into it, and not l
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Leandro Melendez
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesante aunque un poco enredada explicación de teoría del caos, y de como esta lleva impacto en otras áreas de la naturaleza así como interesante retrocesos en dicho caos, una disminución de entropía.

Un poco elevado pero devela detalles muy peculiares que nunca había considerado.
Richard Ash
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physics
Overall good book:
- Some parts are too long
- author jumps around a lot (though I guess that's expected given the topic)
- main point of the book is fascinating, I'm curious to see where this research goes in the future, especially regarding the origin of life
سعيد عبدالغنى
لهضم بعض ما جاء فى الكتاب يلزمك خلفية من أغلب العلوم كالكيمياء والأحياء والرياضايات والانثروبيولوجيا وبالطبع الفيزياء.
Chandrashekar BC
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Deep Simplicity : ಪುಸತಕಾನುಭವ :

ಒಮಮೆ ಸುಮಮನೆ ನಿಂತು ನಮಮ ಸುತತಲೂ ಏನಿದೆಯೆಂದು, ಎನಾಗುತತಿದೆಯೆಂದು ನಮಗೇ ಪರಶನೆ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡು ನೋಡಿದಾಗ, ವಿಸಮಯತೆ ನಿಧಾನವಾಗಿ ನಮಮ ಚಿಂತನೆಯನನಾವರಿಸುತತದೆ? ಬೆಟಟದ ಮೇಲೆ ನಿಂತಾಗ ಕಾಣುವ ಅರಣಯ ಆಗಸ ನದಿ ಮೋಡಗಳ ನೋಟವಾಗಿರಬಹುದು, ಮಾರುಕಟಟಯಲಲಿ ಜನದಟಟಣಣೆಯ ಮಧಯದಲಲಿ ನಿಂತು ನೋಡುವಾಗ ಸಿಗುವ ಲೋಕ ವಯಾಪಾರದ ಚಿತರಣವಿರಬಹುದು, ಪರಾಣಿ ಪಕಷಿ ಕೀಟಗಳ ಜೀವನ ರೀತಿಯಿರಬಹುದು, ಅಥವಾ ರಾತರಿಯ ಹೊತತು ಮನುಷಯ ಕಟಟಿರುವ ಸಮಾಜದಿಂದ ದೂರ, ಕತತೆತತಿ ಆಗಸದೆಡೆಗೆ ನೋಡಿದಾಗ ಕಾಣುವ ನಕಷತರ ಗರಹ ಚಂದರ ಸಮೂಹವಿರಬಹುದು, ಎಲಲವೂ ತಮಮ ಇರುವಿಕೆಯಲಲೇ ಜಟಿಲತೆಯನನು ಪರದರಶಿಸುತತಿವೆ. ಸವತಂತರವಾಗಿದದರ
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Mohamed IBrahim
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
بداية ما زلت لم انتهي تماماٌ من الكتاب لكن ساحدث الريفيو باستمرار الي حين اكتماله
موضوع الكتاب يمكن تلخيصه بالاقتباسة االتالية والتي وردت في نهاية مقمة الكتاب

"انها البساطة التي تولد التعقد , مما يجعل الحياة ممكنة "

في البداية الحديث المقارن بين مفاهيم الشواش والعشوائية في بداية عصر النهضة في الفيزياء والعلوم الطبيعية وبين المفاهيم المطورة عن الشواش كان رائعاٌ فبينما
الشواش كان يحكم العالم من خلال تدخلات الالهة وارادتها وتناسق الكون الذي يمكن تفسير انحرافاته بانها مجرد أمور يمكن للإرادة الإلهية ح
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YHC
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book took me a lot of focus to be able to finish it. So much information from evolution, computer science (Turing machine), cosmology...etc.
It starts from the chaos, thanks to the chaos with patterns, everything follow the law of physics in a predictable way: power law. Earthquakes, economic..,etc. What caught my eyes in this book was about the connection of Alan Turing and evolution on animal fur/ skin color patterns.
"In fact, one overarching theory of how biological patterns form comes
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Sagar Acharya
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science admirers and investors
Recommended to Sagar by: Charlie Munger
In an excellent non-mathematical language, John goes on to explain the prerequisites required to understand life generating systems.

He explains power law on how positive feedback loops give exponential function equivalents in real life, fractals, some very important entities to understand complexity generating out of simplicity, evolution to show how today's life forms have been created by simple changing factors and shows the real life examples to understand complexity with simplicity. He also
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Martin J
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me a long time to read this book, mainly reading small sections and intermittently. Not necessarily an easy read, but full of fascinating ideas and covering in effect the broadest possible spectrum of life, the universe and everything. For me it’s another book which I know I’m likely to read again. What’s more I’m sure I’ll get even more from it the next time I read it. The principle theme is initially difficult to grasp, but once the penny drops I think you have a ‘aha’ moment (or proba ...more
Matt
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book on a dare from Charlie Munger.

I understood about 3/4 of it and what I understood was pretty fantastic. There are some amazing ideas about how life and the universe work.

I especially liked the explanation of how the sun is much larger now than it was a billion years ago and yet the Earth's temperature remains the same.

And the bit about how life on another planet can be identified simply by the presence of significant amounts of Oxygen and Nitrogen in the atmosphere.

This is no
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Steve
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Good overview of Chaos Theory as it applies to our world, though perhaps a little preoccupied with the question of the origins of life. It's a wide, deep topic and at 253 pages some parts feel a little short-changed, so perhaps it could be considered a good starting point to explore outward in areas of interest. Accessible to the interested amateur with, say, Algebra and a smattering of Calculus.
Delsom
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gribbin goes from describing the spectroscopic analysis required to provide evidence of life on a planet to summarizing his whole book in the swoop of one paragraph. If you desire to think briefly about many intricately scientific and mathematical topics, this book is for you. If you want that summary after each topic, choose something less grand in scope.
Ahmad Tareq
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Spencer
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. If finding out that seemingly abstract mathematical principles apply to all sorts of situations in nature gives you satisfaction, this is the book for you.
Adrian
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Started the book last year ad couldn't get through it. Demanding book, but made it through it the second time.
Tim Van Kemenade
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A mesmerizing read on how vast complex systems emerge from incredibly simple elements. Makes one wonder about our own existence. I am bedazzled!
Deepak Saxena
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
An accessible and relatively recent (Compared to Gliek's Chaos, 1988) book on Chaos and Complexity theory discussing the edge of chaos and the emergence if life.
Calum
Deep Simplicity is a popular science book about the theory of chaos. As always, John Gribbin presents the subject in a remarkably accessible way - the educated layperson will be able to tackle this book. However, it is not without drawbacks.

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Sofia Hou
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
First half was better than second half. Writing style a little dry.
Manoj Joshi
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are some rare texts that invite your thinking and even challenge it one step ahead of what you contemplate . Assorting complex dimensions round one self directed by the existence of physics in ones life the author has done great justice in thought provoking chapters well gardened for novice and advanced readers . As of now it has entered in my shelf of all time favourite and will analyse its content once I read few more books . Must for thinkers
Toby
Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it
John Gribbin is a polymath science writer, but his background is as an astrophysicist. His earlier works on quantum mechanics (In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics And Reality and Schrodinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality: Solving the Quantum Mysteries) were accessible, entertaining, as well as educational.

This book opens some deep wells of difficult-to-comprehend ideas, which I'm sure were just as difficult to translate to a popular science audience. In the Introduction, Gribb
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Sean Goh
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a book that's supposed to be readable, I found it rather dull and boring.
If you're looking for something on emergent behaviour, Critical Mass by Phillip Ball was a lot more interesting (especially the bit about how traffic jams form).

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The underlying simplicity from which chaos and complexity emerge - simple laws, non-linearity, sensitivity to initial conditions and feedback are what make the world tick.

It is the absence of chaos in the changing obliquity (angle of tilt) thanks to
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Louisa
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How did the zebra get its stripes? We've all come across the stories that provide us with some answer or another, mostly involving paint, scorching fire, or the animal in question standing quietly in the shade of some long grass blades. I thought they were beautiful stories, all of them, but none of the explanations were quite as convincing as the one we find in Deep Simplicity.

Gribbin takes us through the history of discoveries in the fields of physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology that l
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Kemal  Toprakçı
Her ne kadar Kaos Kuramı popüler bilimde Kuantum veya Görelilik Kuramları kadar ilgi görmese de, kuramın bilimin neredeyse her alanına uygulanabilirliği muhteşem bir olay. Astronomiden kozmolojiye, kimyadan evrimsel biyolojiye kadar birçok dalda bilim insanlarına doğayı daha isabetli tanıma imkanı sağlayan Kaos Kuramının temelinde aslında basit kurallar yatıyor. Bu basit kurallar sayesinde oluşan karmaşayı, yani kaosu ve kaosun sonucunda ortaya çıkan olguları John Gribbin popüler bilimle az çok ...more
Bryan Higgs
I have many John Gribbin books, and have enjoyed every one of them so far.

I found it interesting that this book covers material such as the emergence of life, chaos theory, thermodynamics and the arrow of time, and much more. I have read books on the arrow of time, and found them less satisfying than this one. I have read Richard Dawkins' "The Greatest Show on Earth", which powerfully argues for Evolution, but I found parts of this book to be more interesting than Dawkins' descriptions.

This book
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John R. Gribbin is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. The topical range of his prolific writings includes quantum physics, biographies of famous scientists, human evolution, the origins of the universe, climate change and global warming. His also writes science fiction.

John Gribbin graduated with his bachelor's degree in phy
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“Earth as our home in space, a single blue-white oasis of life surrounded by a black desert.” 1 likes
“As I understood it, what really mattered was simply that some systems (‘system’ is just a jargon word for anything, like a swinging pendulum, or the Solar System, or water dripping from a tap) are very sensitive to their starting conditions, so that a tiny difference in the initial ‘push’ you give them causes a big difference in where they end up, and there is feedback, so that what a system does affects its own behaviour.” 0 likes
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