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 .

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His early reporting on Microsoft anticipated the antitrust investigations by the U.

It’s quite the testament to how far modern scientific advances have come. The other day when the radio announcer reported the length of the Florida coastline, I found myself wondering what length measuring stick was used.

Lists with This Book. Gleick introduces us to figures like Ds Lorenz, whose work in weather prediction revealed that tiny jzmes 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.

It portrays the efforts of dozens of scientists whose separate work contributed to the developing field. James Gleick born August 1, is an American author, journalist, and biographer, whose books explore the cultural ramifications of science and technology.

Retrieved from ” https: There’s not enough math for my liking and too much rambling about the scientists rather than what they actually did. Making a Cao Science, Viking Penguin.

Retrieved 3 June Aug 17, Darwin8u rated it liked it Shelves: Xaos I have read Mandelbrot previously, I did not enjoy that book as much. Gleick’s writing style has been described as a combination of “clear mind, magpie-styled research and explanatory verve. Hundreds of myths and legends tell of creation rising from chaos, and will fall into it in the distant future. He shows you pictures and dances around the pools of chaos and clouds of complexity, but never actually puts the reader INTO the churning water or shoots the reader into energized, cumuliform heaps.


If I dde the audiobook version, will I be missing out anything particularly important figures, graphs, etc?

This is a book that is more about translating the story of the science not the science for NOT the layman, but really the lazy layman. The most interesting chapters were the final two, about the possible application to physiology and then a summary of the concept.

Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick

When reading science books, it’s difficult to know whether what you’re reading is current or not. You could not put cwos book down believing you now understand chaos theory, but you should have a better idea of its relevance, basic tenets, and, most importantly, where to look for a more focused examination.

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

The founder of this new science is Edward Lorenz. The kind of book that just jamez your mind with how cool it all is, and why doesn’t anyone teach science like THIS. Oct 25, Bruce rated it it was ok Shelves: After its demise, he returned to New York and joined as staff of the New York Times, where he worked for ten years as an editor and reporter.

Here he takes on the job of depicting the first years of the study of chaos–the seemingly random patterns that characterise many natural phenomena. The idea that nature can be translated into equations and algorithms is fascinating. Yet it takes no great imagination for a climatologist to see that almost-intransitivity might well explain why the earth’s climate has drifted in and out of long Ice Ages at mysterious, irregular intervals.

Giving such beautiful accounts of the whole field in such an entertaining way! Because of this, I found the book frustrating – both too complex to really grasp, and too superficial to really provide useful insight into the concept. Making a New Science intriguing. Gleick’s essays charting the growth of the Internet included the “Fast Forward” column on technology in the New York Times Magazine from to and formed the basis of his book What Just Happened.


Too heavy on human interest, too light on maths, and Gleick has read more Kuhn than is good for him. A collection of kinda well-written New Yorker profiles of scientists.

Having worked for the Harvard Crimson and freelanced in Boston, he moved to Minneapolis, where he helped found a short-lived weekly newspaper, Metropolis. The non linearity world maybe is the key to explain what was invisible to us until now.

Much of what the first generation of chaos scientists did is incredibly easy to demonstrate with a laptop computer today–but most of these chaos pioneers were working with handheld calculators, mainframe computers with dump terminals and limited and unreliable access for something so peripheral to the institution’s perceived mission, computers whose only output device was a plotter.

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James Gleick

Romantic, dramatic, constructive pop science: PaperbackFirst Editionpages. I’ve also forgotten whose lab! 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.

His dde book, Chaos: It was very successful with a general audience back when it was new.