We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Sync Audiobook

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

Regular Price:$23.08
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (373 )
5 star
 (156)
4 star
 (133)
3 star
 (53)
2 star
 (22)
1 star
 (9)
Overall
4.2 (279 )
5 star
 (125)
4 star
 (100)
3 star
 (32)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (7)
Story
4.0 (275 )
5 star
 (112)
4 star
 (92)
3 star
 (45)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (11)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    nowhere man 10-24-11
    nowhere man 10-24-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    56
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1347
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Couldn't get in sync with it."

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Johan FINSPANG, Sweden 07-30-12
    Johan FINSPANG, Sweden 07-30-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Cures insomnia"

    I know the headline is hyperbolic but it's actually true. This book makes me so tired I fall asleep becauase in part of the dull content and in part due to the narrators voice.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kim Plainfield, IL, United States 04-13-11
    Kim Plainfield, IL, United States 04-13-11 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Could not get past the narrator"

    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.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daniel Rosario 03-05-17 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Don't like math, but this book gave me new lenses"
    Would you listen to Sync again? Why?

    Probably not because I am reading other books, but if I wanted motivation on mathematical research of biological oscillators and digging deeper into the hidden world of conscious and math, I would have this on replay. GREAT FINISHING PARAGRAPH.


    What other book might you compare Sync to and why?

    First book I've read of it's kind


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me have an "oh sh*t" moment when he highlighted the fact that our physical bodies are just blobs of protein and chemicals with a conscious inside that we have yet to figure out how it even got there.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the read and time to figure out what the book is about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tyler 12-07-16
    Tyler 12-07-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The James Gleick of a new era!"

    As what the aptly titled "Chaos" by James Gleick was to Chaos theory, Sync is the full story of the most current revolution in applied mathematics. It is told through the words, and lens of the career of one of the pioneers in the field. The narrator can be methodically slow at times, but as the contents are dense, I understand the reasoning. A must read (listen) for anyone with an appreciation of, and curiosity about the similarities across various sciences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MeatFist 05-14-15
    MeatFist 05-14-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Shockingly Good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Sync to and why?

    I haven't found one yet aside from the more formal "Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I couldn't stop listening to it. In fact I was driving and had to pull over because it was so engrossing.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not be afraid or unsure for any reason - the book is pitched such that you could listen to it without even knowing addition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer Michigan, USA 03-29-15
    Amazon Customer Michigan, USA 03-29-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating and thought provoking"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Natalie on the coast 12-31-14 Member Since 2011

    mainecoast mama

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    60
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating, and strives to be down to earth"
    Where does Sync rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sync?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Phil Virgo Gaithersburg, MD 12-30-14
    Phil Virgo Gaithersburg, MD 12-30-14 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Story
    "A lot of information "

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sergey Antopolskiy 11-25-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    61
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Deep and comprehensive book about science of sync"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.