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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
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.
". . . 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