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Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity.

John Gribben

Order out of chaos--somehow, the universe makes it happen. In a straightforward manner, Gribben examines how various scientific disciplines seek to explain how order arises from disorder. This book outlines the laws and theories on chaos and complexity developed by notable scientists, including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Alan Turing, and Jim Lovelock. The author, an astrophysicist and author of several popular books on physics and cosmology, demonstrates how simple relationships among numbers and elements of the universe yield complex relationships. He provides an in-depth look, complete with graphs and figures, at phenomena such as the laws of motion, weather patterns, fractals, and mass extinctions. He then explains how each system, though seemingly chaotic, results in a degree of order that can be predicted. The book includes a glossary of mathematic and scientific terms as well as a list of further readings. RH, 2005, 304 p., b&w illus., hardcover, $24.95.
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Title Annotation:Books: A selection of new and notable books of scientific interest
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Apr 16, 2005
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