Does God Play Dice?: The New Mathematics of Chaos

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"You believe in a God who plays dice, and I in complete law and order."Albert Einstein
The science of chaos is forcing scientists to rethink Einstein's fundamental assumptions regarding the way the universe behaves. Chaos theory has already shown that simple systems, obeying precise laws, can nevertheless act in a random manner. Perhaps God plays dice within a cosmic game of complete law and order.
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Overview


"You believe in a God who plays dice, and I in complete law and order."Albert Einstein
The science of chaos is forcing scientists to rethink Einstein's fundamental assumptions regarding the way the universe behaves. Chaos theory has already shown that simple systems, obeying precise laws, can nevertheless act in a random manner. Perhaps God plays dice within a cosmic game of complete law and order.
Does God Play Dice?
reveals a strange universe in which nothing may be as it seems. Familiar geometrical shapes such as circles and ellipses give way to infinitely complex structures known as fractals, the fluttering of a butterfly's wings can change the weather, and the gravitational attraction of a creature in a distant galaxy can change the fate of the solar system.
This revised and updated edition includes three chapters on the prediction and control of chaotic systems. New information regarding the solar system and an account of complexity theory is also incorporated. It is a lucid and witty book which makes the complex mathematics of chaos accessible and entertaining.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140256024
  • Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Series: Penguin Mathematics Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 709,071
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author



Ian Stewart
is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is an active research mathematician with over 140 published papers, and has written or co-authored numerous books including The Collapse of Chaos (1994), Nature's Numbers (1995), Figments of Reality (1997), Life's Other Secret (1998), The Science of Discworld (1999), and Flatterland (2001). His awards include the 1995 Faraday Medal of the Royal Society and the 2000 Gold Medal of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Prologue: Clockwork or Chaos?
1 Chaos from Order 1
2 Equations for Everything 18
3 The Laws of Error 37
4 The Last Universalist 49
5 One-way Pendulum 64
6 Strange Attractors 85
7 The Weather Factory 115
8 Recipe for Chaos 135
9 Sensitive Chaos 155
10 Fig-tree and Feigenvalues 181
11 The Texture of Reality 201
12 Return to Hyperion 228
13 The Imbalance of Nature 253
14 Beyond the Butterfly 279
15 Von Neumann's Dream 308
16 Chaos and the Quantum 329
17 Farewell, Deep Thought 357
Epilogue: Dicing with the Deity 383
Further Reading 384
Illustration Acknowledgements 391
Index 393
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