Leonard Smith

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780192853783
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776410 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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Chaos: A Very Short Introduction shows that we all have an intuitive understanding of chaotic systems. It 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, and 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.

Keywords: computer; dimensions; ensemble; exponential growth; infinitesimal; model; noise; series; statistics; time; transient

Book.  200 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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