Chaos

ISBN-10: 0192853783

ISBN-13: 9780192853783

Edition: 2003

Authors: Leonard A. Smith

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Chaos exists in systems all around us. Even the simplest system of cause and effect can be subject to chaos, denying us accurate predictions of its behaviour, and sometimes giving rise to astonishing structures of large-scale order. Our growing understanding of Chaos Theory is having fascinating applications in the real world - from technology to global warming, politics, human behaviour, and even gambling on the stock market. Leonard Smith shows that we all have an intuitive understanding of chaotic systems. He uses accessible maths and physics (replacing complex equations with simple examples like pendulums, railway lines, and tossing coins) to explain the theory, and points to numerous examples in philosophy and literature (Edgar Allen Poe, Chang-Tzu, Arthur Conan Doyle) that illuminate the problems. The beauty of fractal patterns and their relation to chaos, as well as the history of chaos, and its uses in the real world and implications for the philosophy of science are all discussed in this Very Short Introduction.
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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction
Whispers of Chaos
Determinism,Randomness, and Uncertainty
Nonlinear Dynamics and Unpredictable Physics
The Darling Bugs of May
Fractals, Strange Attractors, and Dimensions
The Dynamics of Uncertainty
Prediction and Prophesy in Physics
The Excuse of Chaos
The Newtonian Casino
Philosophy in Chaos
Shadows, Chaos, and the Future
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