Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life

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Overview

The tendency to synchronize may be the most mysterious and pervasive drive in all of nature. It has intrigued some of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century, including Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Norbert Wiener, Brian Josephson, and Arthur Winfree.

At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.

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Editorial Reviews

Popular Science
The most exciting new book of the spring . . . Masterful . . . A gem.
Newsweek
Strogatz has just written a book arguing that the universe is an orderly place marked by harmony and cooperation. In an era of war, terror, and chaos, his viewpoint sounds a bit curious. But if SYNC is, well, out of sync with global news, it's certainly in tune with the scientific world.
Focus
A vivid, first-hand account of what it is like to be at the beginning of a scientific revolution.
Science
Compulsively readable.
Nature
Strogatz . . . is a first-rate storyteller and an even better teacher . . . SYNC is a great read.
New Scientist
Offers a real sense of what it's like to be at the beginning of Something Big.
Discover
Describes dozens of sights and sounds that arise from collective, synchronized behavior . . . Delightful.
Leader-Post [Regina]
Every now and then you come across a science book that's just fun and amazing to read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786887217
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 411,459
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Strogatz received his doctorate from Harvard University and served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT before becoming a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell Universitty in 1994. Widely recognized for his groundbreaking discoveries in chaos and complexity theory, he has received numerous awards throughout his career, including MIT's highest teaching prize and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the White House. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, Carol, and their two daughters, Leah and Joanna.
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