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Chaos: Making a New Science

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Author:James Gleick
Description: An excerpt from the prologue of Gleick's book. "Where chaos begins, classical science stops. For as long as the world has had physicists inquiring into the laws of nature, it has suffered a special ignorance about disorder in the atmosphere, in the turbulent sea, in the fluctuations of wildlife populations, in the oscillations of the heart and the brain. The irregular side of nature, the discontinuous and erratic side--these have been puzzles to science, or worse, monstrosities. But in the 1970s a few scientists in the United States and Europe began to find a way through disorder. They were mathematicians, physicists, biologists, chemists, all seeking connections between different kinds of irregularity...."

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Books
Math Topics: Chaos

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