Not so interesting for those interested in hard science, but poetically brought. I thought the book sync by Strogatz was more interesting.
This is a well crafted work by a great writer who tries to explain a complicated science filled with scientific buzz words as a more simple and understandable science. You really need some understanding of science and research to understand this work. Basically to me it is about non-linear complex systems that have threads of non-randomness, that if they can be understood, can open the door to the future for great advances in science, engineering, and civilization. As an engineer this work helped clarify many of the processes I have encountered and provides great historical background about what is Chaos Theory.
Bought book to study chaos theory. Much of text droned on and on about the history of chaos and personal stories rather than informing me of chaos theory. Not convincing.
Great introduction to the ideas and biography. it introduces the experiments and experimentors that revealed chaos as a regulating and amplifying principle in dynamic systems and introduces the concepts that result in a new science. it uses the broad term of chaos as opposed to the new stricter definition and is all the better for it, as the author acknowledges this fact and the newer stricter definition in the afterword. Altogether an inspiring look at the people who were once regarded as oversimplifying dynamic systems and the science once regarded as noise.
Although still relevant, I wish Glick would have provided more recent substantive updates. Still worth the read.
The author lurches from story to topic with reckless abandon . Out of 30 books I've listened to, this might be the first one that I thought about skipping on every single chapter
The book starts OK with interesting pieces of information. It never really defines its subject of chaos. Most natural and artificial processes and systems that have seemingly random variations may have an underlying structure that is best modeled as non-linear. That is not a big revelation but the author treats it as one. Eventually all kinds of processes are invoked and terms are tossed around with no attempt at clear understanding.