He showed enthusiasm for the subject.
Not a read for fun. Educational, but not intriguing.
A lot of information and examples...but of what exactly? I did not find a well developed hypothesis turned to a satisfactory conclusion. Just several..."okay, that's interesting" type moments, but few and far between.
Also, how can I rely on his statements when I hear false facts.
For example, he states that nuclear submarine personnel live on an 18 hour shift. That is true. But he then states that they have a 6 hour work shift and 12 hours of rest. Sorry, no 12 hours rest. Did you even talk to a submariner before writing this? It's more like 6 hours of duty work, 6 hours of other work and "activities," and then if you have absolutely nothing else to do you might use all of the remaining 6 hours for rest.
Maybe the author feels that the incoherence throughout his book will cause it to sync by the end of the last chapter. For me, it did not.
I did like his interpretation of the Bose-Einstein Condensate, however.
The plodding pace of the narration, where "every syll a ble was care fully pro nounced" at a pace just slower than anyone would normally speak really grated on my nerves. I checked out my playback status and found I was still on chapter one! I don't think I can stand to listen to any more of this recording. The author's analogies were too frequently phrased with hyperbole. Very disappointed.
This book contains ideas with a beauty that is difficult to express. There is a constant tension in the air - a feeling that you are on the brink of some fundamental pattern in the universe, but you can't put your finger on what that is. I would recommend this book to anyone without qualification.
I haven't found one yet aside from the more formal "Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos"
Yes, I couldn't stop listening to it. In fact I was driving and had to pull over because it was so engrossing.
Do not be afraid or unsure for any reason - the book is pitched such that you could listen to it without even knowing addition.
A great guide through the development of chaos, complexity, and whatever we were at the book's writing. Told with a pleasant mix of back story and science.
This is a reasonably well written work about a phenomenon most of us wouldn't normally pay attention to. Worth the read.
I will focus my comments on the "audio" aspect of the book.
I tried to read this in book form but I found I could get through more pages per sitting in the audio format. That being said, the narrator is way too slow! I was lucky in that fumbling with my new iPhone6 I accidentally engaged a feature that sped up the playback. It sounded a little odd but not high pitched. I am not sure I would have continued otherwise.
I thought I would be going back to the paper version of the book to understand the concepts better, but I found that by listening I was not bogged down by details and the fluidity of thought was preserved.
As to the book itself:
I think that Steven Strogatz does an admirable job trying explain some difficult mathematical topics in a generally accessible way. Perhaps it would be helpful to have some familiarity with higher level math concepts, but I do not think it is necessary. What I love best is his enthusiasm and curiosity. That is really what the book is about.
I was especially interested in human sleep cycles related to other circadian the rhythms.. There were a lot of topics. He gives a lot of detail about the methodology
This must be the best pop-sci book I've read this year. The reason I liked it is simply because it is deep and well written. Author really dives into details of how a particular research was done and how a particular phenomenon works. He provides metaphors, which are helpful, if somewhat obscure at times (though this provided a rich source of laughter for me). Being a scientist myself, I found his analogies quite precise and revealing.
Books like this one are rare. Most pop-sci books are 80% personal stories or anecdotal evidence, and only 20% science (good example is "The Talent Code" I read just before this book). This one is 20% stories, 80% science. And in this ratio stories can actually be enjoyable and funny.
I said it once and I'll say it again: leave the content of pop-sci books to actual scientists. They'll almost always do a better job than journalists.
The narration is OK. I didn't find any flaws except for mispronunciation of Christoph Koch's surname (he is German, so it is not what you would expect). I didn't particularly care for the intonations of the voice, I think for a scientific book they were at times a bit too dramatic.
The content is awesome. The reader sounds like he's narrating ghost stories: slow, breathy, and mostly just weird. Use Audible's playback speed feature and set it at 1.5x and the reader's jarring voice becomes a non-issue.
But the book is friggin' cool for anyone interested in how order arises from disorder.