- Hardcover: 445 pages
- Publisher: Droemer Knaur (1987)
- Language: German
- ISBN-10: 3426263351
- ISBN-13: 978-3426263358
- Package Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 2.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
CHAOS (German) Hardcover – 1987
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To make sense of the book the reader needs a basic knowledge of calculus, differential equations and imaginary numbers, at least up to A level standard. It desperately needs a glossary, and it would also help to have a timeline with brief explanations about who contributed what to the study. My background is in engineering so I found myself asking what were the applications of the various strands of the theory, something a pure mathematician would never do.
I started out knowing little about chaos theory, and ended up still not able to say that I understood it, but having reached the Rumsfeld status of 'known unknowns', I now know what it is I don't know, and am hungry to learn more.
Congratulations to the author, who also wrote a great book - even better than this one - on Richard Feynman.
I realised how much I was enjoying the book when I found myself twiddling my thumbs one lunch hour at work and decided to plot a simple bifurcation chart! Came out pretty nicely for something done off the cuff!
Overall it's a pretty meaty tome and possibly not what you'd call a light read - this is no "Chaos for Dummies". However I'm very pleased that I obtained a copy and, having made my way through it, now feel that I may well end up reading it again at some point in the future. Those with a background in physics, maths, astronomy or anything along those lines will probably feel they can appreciate some fairly significant concepts in the book. Towards the very end you get some very tantalising pictures that make you imagine what you might be able to do with just a bit more scientific detail.
To be honest I'd say it's not for the faint-hearted but if you're "into" this kind of thing then you'll most likely enjoy "Chaos".
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