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.
©2003 Steven H. Strogatz (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Sync is a wonderfully lucid and thoroughly entertaining story of the emerging science of synchrony." (Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Columbia University)
"Inspiring... offers a real sense of what it's like to be at the beginning of Something Big." (New Scientist)
"Beautifully written and breathtaking in scope, SYNC tells both a personal and a scientific story." (Charles S. Peskin, Professor of Mathematics and Neural Science, New York University)
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.
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.
Chet Yarbrough, an audio book addict, exercises two cocker spaniels twice a day with an Ipod in his pocket and earbuds in his ears. Hope these few reviews seduce the public into a similar obsession but walk safely and be aware of the unaware.
Sync…is a puzzling audio book written about synchronicity by Steven Strogatz. It is puzzling because of its 4 out of 5 star review by Audible.com listeners. Strogatz’s audio book and his TED lecture and YouTube’ videos are difficult to appreciate. His theory of sync is broadly acclaimed by himself and others but utility appears either unclaimed or unexplained. Of course, science is science and utility often comes long after discovery.
Strogatz’s sync is a state of being that was unknown to the general public until his 2003 book. The theory of sync infers the truth of “spooky action at a distance” (aka “entanglement”) which may open a door to communication speeds greater than the speed-of-light. Such an improvement in communication speed would overturn a fundamental law of physics (nothing exceeds the speed of light, according to Einstein). When humans reach the stars, the principle of sync could make interstellar communication possible. Sync phenomena may be a critical component of humanity’s future but today it seems more like a magician’s parlor trick.
In the end, even if Strogatz is correct about sync, existence remains mired in an unpredictable, probabilistic, and chaotic world.
"How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life" .. wow now that should be really interesting I thought to myself upon reading the title... Well, I kept yawning my way throughout the first three chapters more than an hour later..
As I was unable to continue, my review may not be fair as I haven't listened to the whole book.. I just could not..
No, even at 1.25x speed...
Technologist, proponent of Automation, believer in the human spirit and power of collaboration
The author is fascinated about fireflies, and it's mentioned throughout the book. There is little else in the book other than brief mention of other systems.
Certainly the title is misleading..
Not written it
Slow robotic narration
I ebony trust audible reviews again, only Amazon's
The reading of this book is truly terrible. The reader sounds like he is telling a ghost story, or perhaps having some kind of stomach spasm? ... for the whole book. He speaks absurdly slowly, with ridiculous annunciation, and a very breathy, tense voice. It's awful. I had to bump it up to 1.5x just to tolerate it.
The actual content of this book is quite good! I found parts to be too high-level and wanted a lot more detail, but Strogatz did explicitly state his intention to give a nontechnical overview of the topic, which he accomplished. It's interesting, covers many varied topics, and keeps a coherent scientific narrative. Plus added personal anecdotes about being a professional science researcher.
Recommended as a print book ... not recommended as an audiobook unless you like 1.5x speed.
I would recommend this book to friends interested in broadening their knowledge of curious sciences. This book skirts the pictures, formulas and diagrams which can be frustrating to listeners, but still delivers a deep understanding of the subject.
Sync is a terrific counterpart to James Gleick's Chaos. Strogatz and Gleick Both hint at the profound implication that everything relates to this self organizing property.
I know I'm giving all 5 stars to this review. I'm just a layperson, and this book did not fail to deliver thought provoking, real, material in an understandable way. Maybe a science major would have a lesser opinion, but I'd still feel we would agree it was a good audio book.
Kevin T Collins did a good job of narrating the book, except for one word used in multiple places: capacitors. They are pronounced as they are spelled, not "capacitators". Mr Collins added an extra "TA" in there that was distracting. To an electrical engineer, it was like nails on a chalkboard.
The simplistic intro to the topic enticed me to continue. It follows logic and can be applied to a variety of life situations.
The middle-end was a bit beyond what I was looking for, more technical than necessary for my interest.
For my interest, I would like for the author to continue with a more practical application of the subject. For other readers, this might be just what they're looking for.
Not for me but I did not read through to the end.
Have a nice day!
The subject of this book is synchronicity in nature, and perhaps the author stretches the meaning of the word to fit chaos theory and other sectors of physics. He is contrary to the Jungian thoughts of synchornicity and of scientists who favor Jung.
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