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Deep Simplicity
Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity
Written by John Gribbin

Deep Simplicity
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Category: Science - Chaotic Behavior in Systems; Science - Physics; Science
Imprint: Random House
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: April 2005
Price: $26.00
Can. Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6256-0 (1-4000-6256-X)
Pages: 304



 
Over the past two decades, no field of scientific inquiry has had a more striking impact across a wide array of disciplines–from biology to physics, computing to meteorology–than that known as chaos and complexity, the study of complex systems. Now astrophysicist John Gribbin draws on his expertise to explore, in prose that communicates not only the wonder but the substance of cutting-edge science, the principles behind chaos and complexity. He reveals the remarkable ways these two revolutionary theories have been applied over the last twenty years to explain all sorts of phenomena–from weather patterns to mass extinctions.

Grounding these paradigm-shifting ideas in their historical context, Gribbin also traces their development from Newton to Darwin to Lorenz, Prigogine, and Lovelock, demonstrating how–far from overturning all that has gone before–chaos and complexity are the triumphant extensions of simple scientific laws. Ultimately, Gribbin illustrates how chaos and complexity permeate the universe on every scale, governing the evolution of life and galaxies alike.

Praise for Deep Simplicity:

“Gribbin brings together many types of science form astronomy to zoology. He tells the story of chaos and complexity in an interesting fashion. The book never reads as dry science but from the viewpoint of someone who really is fascinated by the world and what makes it work. Recommended.”
- Choice Magazine



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
JOHN GRIBBIN trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge University and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex. His many books include In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat, Stardust, Schrödinger’s Kittens and The Search for Reality Fitzroy (with his wife, Mary Gribbin), Science: A History, and The Scientists.





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