James Gleick is an American author and historian of science whose work has chronicled the . E Notes. ^ Doctorow, Cory (March 24, ). “James Gleick’s tour-de-force: The Information, a natural history of information theory”. Boing Boing. Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly. In Chaos, James Gleick, a former. Start by marking “Caos: a criação de uma nova ciência” as Want to Read: In Chaos, James Gleick, a former science writer for the New York Times, shows that .

Author: Jukazahn Zugami
Country: Mauritius
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Technology
Published (Last): 24 May 2012
Pages: 301
PDF File Size: 16.82 Mb
ePub File Size: 6.96 Mb
ISBN: 902-5-34824-295-8
Downloads: 85817
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Shaktira

I did study a bit of Physics in a past life, but you don’t need to have a background in science to get something out jamea this book.

Retrieved 28 May Not because he gave bad information, but because chaos is a lot more difficult to prove in any particular case, especially outside of the physical sciences, which he does not reveal. Refresh and try again. View all 4 comments. In Chaos, James Gleick has a review of the field of chaos theory.

Chaos: Making a New Science – Wikipedia

I see the poetry of constant motion and evolution everywhere and I can feel the science of Chaos intuitively as I take my long walks. The force living just beyond the push. Although I in the spirit of chaos, JG writes this strangely attractive book in an unpredictably aperiodically chaotic fashion, I never understand the messy structure of this book.

Instead he focusses on giving a poetic account of the scientists who first stumbled on it — and their great surprise and their struggles form the narrative crux of the book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Though I jamea not call the book “exhilarating,” as the reviewer from the London Review of Books apparently thought it was, but it was a useful introduction to the subject pitched at the mathematically aware non-scientist reader. It was hardly their fault. With it, he became the father of Chaos and its theories.


Caos: a criação de uma nova ciência

Three of these books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists, and they have been translated into more than twenty languages. As another criticism, I think that Gleick is too enamoured with the In Chaos, James Gleick has a review of the field of chaos theory.

Among the unpredictability, there could be a pattern. Dec 06, Donna Woodwell rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is infinite “space” for possibilities within the finite categorical “area” of chocolates, not to mention the finite volume of the box.

The text gleeick in print and is widely used as an introduction to the topic for the mathematical layperson. Gleick introduces us to figures like Edward Lorenz, whose work in weather prediction glick that tiny differences in input in even simple mathematical models could lead to vast differences in output over time; Robert May, who discovered chaotic patterns in population dynamics; and Benoit Mandelbrot, now considered the father of fractals.

I’m just not smart enough to get it.

The world is not the same anymore. Inhe founded The Pipeline, an early Internet service. Think of one of those conveniences that best conveys the most elemental feeling of power over the passing seconds: I did like the narration; it felt personal and engaging, even if it had some choppy transitions. Instead, it focuses as much on the scientists studying chaos as on the chaos itself.

James Gleick

It completely upended ideas about how the natural world worked. Scientifically dense for sure, but a good explanation of recent advances in modern science. My favorite moments in the book are the ones when Gleick discusses the personal and intellectual challenges faced by scientists who struggled to find meaningful ideas to express about phenomena that had been dismissed by generations of brilliant minds as meaningless “noise.


Funny, I had to read this book very slowly in order to digest all it has to offer. It is a breezy history of two decades of mostly disconnected work done by a number of different researchers in widely divergent areas of science.

Not so much a new science as jamea old obsession of a few mystics Gleick’s way of telling the stories makes the reader share in the wonder and incredulity of each pioneer as he stumbled upon this hitherto unguessed truth of nature.

This is a book for an advanced HS senior or an average college Freshman. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Some chapters had me on the edge of my seat, or thinking “Ah ha! After Lorenz, dozens of other scientists based their experiments off of his work and studied turbulence, jame, liquids, even life itself. Gleick’s books include the international bestsellers Chaos: The amazing pictures and illustrations and the quotes accompanying each chapter all add to the feeling of reading an art text book rather than a science book.

That is probably one of the reasons it did so well.

One of the compelling features of the chaos story is that this scientific breakthrough wasn’t a physics, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, or biology breakthrough; it caso all of them.