Chaos: Making a New Science

Popular science by James Gleick


Chaos records the birth of a new science. This new science offers a way of seeing order and pattern where formerly only the random, the erratic, the unpredictable - in short, the chaotic -- had been observed. In the words of Douglas Hofstadter, "It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order--and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks and even eerier type of order."
Although highly mathematical in origin , chaos is a science of the every day world, addressing questions every child has wondered about: how clouds form, how smoke rises, how water eddies in a stream.

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