Chance and Chaos

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Overview

How do scientists look at chance, or randomness, and chaos in physical systems? In answering this question for a general audience, Ruelle writes in the best French tradition: he has produced an authoritative and elegant book--a model of clarity, succinctness, and a humor bordering at times on the sardonic.

How do scientists look at chance, or randomness, and chaos in physical systems? In answering this question for a general audience, Ruelle has produced an authoritative and elegant book--a model of clarity, succinctness, and with humor bordering on the sardonic. Ruelle is a professor of theoretical physics in France.

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Editorial Reviews

Natural History
. . . by one of the founders of the rapidly developing field of nonlinear dynamics and chaos. . . . The book is a tour de force.
— Malcolm S. Longair
Nature
The book is an excellent read, either at one gulp or as chapter-by-chapter snacks.
— Robert M. May
The New York Times Book Review
Step by step, Mr. Ruelle introduces concepts needed to understand the physical landscape of chance and chaos, explaining the meaning of probability, the ways of turbulent fluids, and the mathematical value of information. . . . Throughout, Chance and Chaos is spiced with the author's dry wit and unsparing judgments about scientists and science. . . . [This is] an expertly guided tour of some of the fundamental issues in the world of physics.
— David Voss
The New Republic
Sets out the basics with precision, concision, and humor. . . . [Some books], perhaps the best books, are to be read for the pleasure of the author's company. Ruelle's book falls into [that] category.
— Tony Rothman
The Times Higher Education Supplement
A deep, thoughtful book, simply written, and a joy to read.
— Ian Stewart
The New York Times Book Review - David Voss
Step by step, Mr. Ruelle introduces concepts needed to understand the physical landscape of chance and chaos, explaining the meaning of probability, the ways of turbulent fluids, and the mathematical value of information. . . . Throughout, Chance and Chaos is spiced with the author's dry wit and unsparing judgments about scientists and science. . . . [This is] an expertly guided tour of some of the fundamental issues in the world of physics.
Natural History - Malcolm S. Longair
. . . by one of the founders of the rapidly developing field of nonlinear dynamics and chaos. . . . The book is a tour de force.
The New Republic - Tony Rothman
Sets out the basics with precision, concision, and humor. . . . [Some books], perhaps the best books, are to be read for the pleasure of the author's company. Ruelle's book falls into [that] category.
Nature - Robert M. May
The book is an excellent read, either at one gulp or as chapter-by-chapter snacks.
The Times Higher Education Supplement - Ian Stewart
A deep, thoughtful book, simply written, and a joy to read.
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"Step by step, Mr. Ruelle introduces concepts needed to understand the physical landscape of chance and chaos, explaining the meaning of probability, the ways of turbulent fluids, and the mathematical value of information. . . . Throughout, Chance and Chaos is spiced with the author's dry wit and unsparing judgments about scientists and science. . . . [This is] an expertly guided tour of some of the fundamental issues in the world of physics."--David Voss, The New York Times Book Review

". . . by one of the founders of the rapidly developing field of nonlinear dynamics and chaos. . . . The book is a tour de force."--Malcolm S. Longair, Natural History

"Sets out the basics with precision, concision, and humor. . . . [Some books], perhaps the best books, are to be read for the pleasure of the author's company. Ruelle's book falls into [that] category."--Tony Rothman, The New Republic

"The book is an excellent read, either at one gulp or as chapter-by-chapter snacks."--Robert M. May, Nature

"A deep, thoughtful book, simply written, and a joy to read."--Ian Stewart, The Times Higher Education Supplement

The New York Times Book Review
Step by step, Mr. Ruelle introduces concepts needed to understand the physical landscape of chance and chaos, explaining the meaning of probability, the ways of turbulent fluids, and the mathematical value of information. . . . Throughout, Chance and Chaos is spiced with the author's dry wit and unsparing judgments about scientists and science. . . . [This is] an expertly guided tour of some of the fundamental issues in the world of physics.
— David Voss
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691021003
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/5/1993
  • Series: Princeton Science Library Series
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 1,431,997
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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