- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; New Ed edition (4 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848310137
- ISBN-13: 978-1848310131
- Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Introducing Chaos: A Graphic Guide Paperback – 4 Sep 2008
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"'A beautifully succinct primer... highly recommended' Time Out"
About the Author
Ziauddin Sardar is a hugely renowned writer, broadcaster, journalist and critic. 'Britain's own Muslim polymath' (Independent) has become one of the UK's leading intellectuals and writes on a huge variety of subjects in numerous newspapers and magazines throughout the world. He is also Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies at the City University, London.
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"The cultural equivalent of attractors would be chiefs, tribes, states and what gives us identity" (accompanied by a picture of the Pope and a nice little butterfly)
"Architect Bruce Goff was amongst the first to use strange attractors to organise a force-field of movement inside some of his houses"
I love this one -"Zaha Hadid used fractal geometry to create a building that used the language of planes to enfold difference in continuity". Unfortunately this "conception was never realised" being too (wait for it) "POSTMODERN"
The most generous summing up I could give this book would be "boldly meaningless"; "wrong" would however probably be more accurate.
If you would like to read something of chaos theory without paradigm shifts, postmodernism and pictures of skinny women with cauliflowers growing out of their heads then please, please, please buy another book.
"Deep Simplicity" by John Gribbin is quite a good one.
Some of the "Introducing" series are very good. This one's a stinker.
Books in this series can be read in a day. They use a mix of text and cartoon style graphics to convey the key ingredients of a subject in a concise and straightforward way. The challenge of describing chaos theory is not a trivial one. Though it may require a couple of re-reads, the book does a pretty impressive job of introducing the key figures in the development of chaos theory, its key concepts and how chaos affects our lives.
I was intrigued for example to find Ray Bradbury Zen in the Art of Writingas the author of `A Sound of Thunder' a short story which predates the development of chaos theory.
At the heart of chaos is that complex systems, which meet a small number of criteria, will produce outcomes that are deterministic, but not predictable. This seems a paradox, and as Niels Bohr said
"How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress."
What is startling is that systems don't have to be very complex to be classed as complex, and the criteria, such as non-linear feedback can be found in most systems. The result is that chaos is all around us. What is intriguing is that science, and our desire to understand has led us to simplify our models of the world in such a way that we've created an alternate chaos free world.Read more ›
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Love it. Don't understand it. Don't care. Will keep re-reading until I do.Published on 9 Dec. 2014 by DianeFH
This book was on my personal reading list after I had finished "Introducing Fractals" some years ago. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2013 by MR D S HALL
Simply good. It does exactly what it says on the cover. Accessible by people of all levels of science understanding.Published on 3 Dec. 2012 by GlobalTrucker
I completely agree with the first reviewer. Far too much space taken up with silly pictures and no background to the idea presented is given - far too much prior physics knowledge... Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2007 by Amazon Customer
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