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Sintesi dell'editore

Newtonian physics described a regular, clock-like world of forces and reaction; randomness was equated with incomplete knowledge. But scientists in the late 20th century have found patterns in things formerly thought to be "chaotic"; their theories help explain the unstable, irregular, yet highly structured features of everyday experience. It now seems likely that randomness and chaos play an essential role in the evolution of the living world and in intelligence itself.

The Science and Discovery series recreates history's 4,000-year journey to better understand the world through scientific means. Scientific discovery has often disrupted conventional wisdom. This is a story of vested interests and independent thinkers, experiments and theories, change and progress.

©1993 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. and Knowledge Products (P)1993 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. and Knowledge Products

Cosa pensano gli ascoltatori di Complexity and Chaos

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  • Generale
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  • Robert A. Handler
  • 05/08/2009

Gotta balance the other review. This was good.

There is a lot of information in this. I listened several times, gaining something new each time.

The "actors who employ various hokey accents" bugged me, like the previous reviewer, until I found out at the end that at least one of the voices was actually Ilya Prigogine, the Nobel Prize winning physical chemist who discovered much of the content. I was honored to have that voice.

There is a lot of information in this book. It bounces around many disciplines, attempting to weave biology, chemistry, physics, philosophy, and economics together to show common threads. This is tough to do and tough to digest. For me, it was worth it. I have to give it a five to balance out the previous reviewer's 1. I almost didn't get this because of that review. That would have been a shame.

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  • Generale
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  • Barbara
  • 27/09/2007

Big disappointment

I couldn't listen to this book for more than 15 minutes. It characterizes "regular" science as unwaveringly Newtonian and Euclidean in order to set fire to an imaginary scientific straw man that never existed. The author apparently wants to clear the way for a supposedly much better science of complexity and chaos. The science of complexity and chaos doesn't need this kind of special pleading; please give me a book that explains chaos theory without all the slah and burn! The ahistorical attitude that "science used to be so rigid but now at last it's getting good" shows an ignorance of BOTH science and history.

And one more thing before I go delete this waste-of-space from my iPod. The author uses a lot of quotes from various scientists to illustrate his ideas - a technique I like - but the audiobook editors of this version insist on having these quotes read by actors who employ various hokey accents (gutteral Germanic intonations, suave fake-French pronounciations, Masterpiece Theater Britspeak, etc.). This is a terrible distraction and only further frustrated me as I attempted to plug away at this book.

If you want a good general explanation of complexity and chaos, look elsewhere.

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  • Spencer
  • 14/09/2016

Loved every minuite of it

Over the past two months or so I've been getting into complexity science and have been looking for a resource like this, it hit the spot for me!

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  • Generale
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  • Anonymous User
  • 07/06/2021

Great book, annoying performance

Great book! The accent of narrators quoting text makes 2x playback impossible to understand. Annoying!

  • Generale
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  • Mythos5
  • 25/05/2021

Important information for all

Rich material well told and written. Only quibble was didn’t care for the “accents” attributed to the author being quoted. Over-all excellent!

  • Generale
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  • Maria Vladimirova
  • 07/05/2021

Very interesting book but I hate the narration

A lot of very interesting topics for further thinking and discussing but I really hated this stupid accent acting. Why? Neither topic or deepness of the book invites for these cartoonish parodies

  • Generale
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  • Lettura
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  • J. Joint
  • 07/05/2021

Constantly attack physicists without any evidence

The author continually makes claims about how scientists avoided any complex questions, like how a tornado forms, or how a human is formed from two cells. These claims are made many times throughout, without a even a single bit of evidence to support these attacks.
I don't know the author seems to hate scientists so much, but it makes it very difficult to get through the book.

  • Generale
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  • Panashe
  • 02/01/2021

On the edge

Short but informative account of the fascinating balance between complexity and chaos in everything. Very thought provoking

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  • Thomas James Wright
  • 28/12/2020

Takes a sec to get into, but it's worth it

What a brilliant book. Prime introduction to the historical background of fractals, chaos, and x=rx[x-1] .
it came off a little dry up front, but after persisting through the first little bit, it morphed into a most fascinating tale!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25/11/2020

it's grear

I like it
it uses a few technical terms though, it might be difficult for someone who doesn't work with this stuff