Chaos: A Very Short Introduction

Chaos: A Very Short Introduction

by Leonard Smith

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Chaos: A Very Short Introduction by Leonard Smith

Chaos exists in systems all around us. Even the simplest system of cause and effect can be subject to chaos, denying us accurate predictions of its behaviour, and sometimes giving rise to astonishing structures of large-scale order. Our growing understanding of Chaos Theory is having fascinating applications in the real world - from technology to global warming, politics, human behaviour, and even gambling on the stock market.

Leonard Smith shows that we all have an intuitive understanding of chaotic systems. He uses accessible maths and physics (replacing complex equations with simple examples like pendulums, railway lines, and tossing coins) to explain the theory, and points to numerous examples in philosophy and literature (Edgar Allen Poe, Chang-Tzu, Arthur Conan Doyle) that illuminate the problems. The beauty of fractal patterns and their relation to chaos, as well as the history of chaos, and its uses in the
real world and implications for the philosophy of science are all discussed in this Very Short Introduction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780191579431
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 02/22/2007
Series: Very Short Introductions
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Leonard Smith is Senior Research Fellow in Mathematics at the University of Oxford, where he lectures on nonlinear dynamical systems and chaos.

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