In The Wake Of Chaos: Unpredictable Order in Dynamical Systems

Paperback | December 15, 1994

byStephen H. Kellert

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Chaos theory has captured scientific and popular attention. What began as the discovery of randomness in simple physical systems has become a widespread fascination with "chaotic" models of everything from business cycles to brainwaves to heart attacks. But what exactly does this explosion of new research into chaotic phenomena mean for our understanding of the world? In this timely book, Stephen Kellert takes the first sustained look at the broad intellectual and philosophical questions raised by recent advances in chaos theory—its implications for science as a source of knowledge and for the very meaning of that knowledge itself.

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This book takes the first sustained look at the broad intellectual and philosophical questions raised by recent advances in chaos theory- its implications for science as a source of knowledge and how we see our world in general.

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Chaos theory has captured scientific and popular attention. What began as the discovery of randomness in simple physical systems has become a widespread fascination with "chaotic" models of everything from business cycles to brainwaves to heart attacks. But what exactly does this explosion of new research into chaotic phenomena mean fo...

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This book takes the first sustained look at the broad intellectual and philosophical questions raised by recent advances in chaos theory- its implications for science as a source of knowledge and how we see our world in general.

Format:PaperbackDimensions:190 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.8 inPublished:December 15, 1994Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226429768

ISBN - 13:9780226429762

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
1: What Is Chaos Theory?
2: Varieties of the Impossible
3: Unpeeling the Layers of Determinism
4: On the Way to Dynamic Understanding
5: Beyond the Clockwork Hegemony
References
Index

From Our Editors

This book takes the first sustained look at the broad intellectual and philosophical questions raised by recent advances in chaos theory- its implications for science as a source of knowledge and how we see our world in general.