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!Ebook ♌ Chaos: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) ⚐ 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 As others have pointed out, this is not an easy read Explanations are often very compressed, and things are made difficult by, first, the author s penchant for using metaphorical turns of phrase, and, second, his decision to rely largely on diagrams not always very clearly reproduced rather than introducing mathematical formulae The emphasis is largely on chaos theory and prediction, though there is a shortish chapter on fractals I would have preferred maths, less metaphor, and a slightly slower pace with rather longer explanations, even if this meant reducing the coverage a bit There were times when I could not follow what was being said I have done some university level maths and dealt extensively with statistics when I was working Even for the lay reader, there are, though, some valuable messages, including about the difference between models and reality the importance of noise , that is observational uncertainties in data and the ease with which one can make wrong deductions about whether or not a system is chaotic in the scientific mathematical sense. . I found this in an interesting, but difficult read That is not to say it was not a very helpful introduction, but this is a very complex and potentially daunting subject This 176 page read serves as a very good springboard to a whole lot reading Unfortunately, I can see myself doing a lot studying in this area but that s the fun of it I must admit that I enjoy learning about math, science, and philosophy and this has plenty of all those things Pardon me, but my geek is showing How embarrassing I would recommend this book to those who enjoy science or math, but beware, this can easily lead to much heavier reading Consider yourself warned I could have known this booklet went way above my head And that is mainly because the author almost exclusively focuses on the phenomenon of chaos in physical systems weather, climate, warming water etc By consequence there s a lot of mathematics and statistics involved For my purpose the chaos factor in the study of the history there wasn t anything useful in here. I think I understood about half of this book The middle part went mostly over my head, when it discussed the various models I know the author was trying to avoid putting formulas into the book, but when you re talking math and how can you explain chaos theory without talking math it s often easier to understand if you actually include the formula, rather than explain what the formula does in words In any event, I learned quite a bit from this book The most important thing That the word chaos does not mean the same thing to mathematicians as it does to everyone else. . Before I read this book, I had a simple idea about Chaos and what it means After reading it, I must confess that I didn t gain much of information but I felt like I built a connection between me and Chaos I may sound crazy, but I really feel that I m a part of that whole chaos And I think we all are connected to it one way or another You know, everything in this universe has a connection however small with Chaos We all are the children of Chaos The book didn t provide clear examples of that connection, but it hinted at the connection It talked, shyly, about the connection between Chaos and other scientific theories Evolution for example In the heart of Evolution and Natural Selection, you find the effect of chaos, of simple and random changes, on the species You will find in everything a simple trace of Chaos And that makes you wonder What a beautiful world Beautiful because it is hard to understand Because it doesn t make sense Or makes sense, but in a senseless way BUT DON T RELAX AND THINK THAT I LOVED THIS BOOK It is true it made me think about the connection I have with the universe, but also it BORED me to death BORING BORING BORING