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Description: 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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/16/2007
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
|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|