Il gocciolamento di un rubinetto, l’evoluzione delle condizioni meteorologiche, la dinamica di una popolazione animale: sono tutti fenomeni che non obbediscono al paradigma della scienza classica, per la presenza di un elemento comune, il caos, che rende impossibile ogni previsione.
La maestria divulgativa di Ian Stewart ci guida alla scoperta dei multiformi fenomeni del caos, un nuovo paesaggio matematico, complesso e fantastico, dominato dagli attrattori e dai frattali, dove il disordine si genera allo stesso modo dell’ordine, e dove non ci si deve più chiedere se Dio giochi a dadi, ma quali siano le regole del suo gioco.
- ISBN: 8833926788
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 498
This book is a solid, interesting and insightful introduction to Chaos theory (the relatively recent and fascinating branch of physics that deals with the study of nonlinear dynamical systems exhibiting extreme sensitivity to initial conditions, in which seemingly random complex behavior can derive
Before we start with the review, let's take a moment to appreciate how good of a science communicator Ian Stewart is. Now on with the nitty gritty. When faced with accepting Quantum Mechanics, Einstein famously said: "God does not play dice with the universe", to which Stephen Hawking wittily replied: Leggi tutto
What a great introduction to chaos theory! This book is not only well-written, but it's also incredibly interesting.
An extremely accessible history of the emergence of chaos theory and description of its fundamental elements and dynamics. Written with an eye for humor, the book is a real triumph of conceptual clarity for the non-mathematically inclined and reflects an important extension to the basic qualitative
It's stunning and intriguing review of nonlinear systems (chaos), from countless real world perspectives. Stewart's humorous and engaging writing style makes the book a pleasure. He starts from simple mathematical equations and simple physical systems such as pendulums and turbulent water, and routi Leggi tutto
At times a bit technical, this is indeed an intriguing book, a passionate account of Stewart on chaos theory and how endless applications and uses it has. I really enjoyed it, and recommend it to anyone to challenge your perspective on how things happen in world.
This book really gets into the theoretical stuff that was missing in Gleick's book on chaos. It still doesn't go heavily into the math but I struggled with some of the more technical material. I will certainly come back to. Stewart is a gifted expositor.
Nothing particularly new, but I guess I've read enough of these now that that was pretty likely. It's a very good overview of the whats and whys of chaos theory, comparable to Gribbin's Deep Simplicity, though maybe slightly less accessible. The final chapter is marred by an ill-conceived rant at a
There subjects were interesting I did not know. I learnt a lot from it. There mere interesting is I grasped on "God plays dice" - it was a referential to Einstein's quotes when he was working quantum mechanics. But yeah, it doesn't mean we refer to God popular culture. I think the law of natures has Leggi tutto
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