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1. The Essence of Chaos (The Jessie and John Danz Lecture Series) by Edward N. Lorenz | |
Paperback: 227
Pages
(1996-04)
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Good info but long-winded and poorly written
Introductory examples of chaos
Great review of chaos by one of the founding fathers
Very Good Introduction
This is the book if you're looking for a chaos primer |
2. Chaos: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Lenny Smith, Leonard Smith | |
Paperback: 176
Pages
(2007-04-16)
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Physics Introductions
Unsuitable as an introduction to chaos
Great, simple book
A Great Introduction
Confusing and Humbling |
3. Chaos Theory Tamed by Garnett P. Williams, A Joseph Henry Press book | |
Hardcover: 520
Pages
(1997-10-08)
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Requires detailed understanding of mathematics
Get in print, not Kindle
Fantastic Book
Outstanding!
Brilliant |
4. Does God Play Dice? The New Mathematics of Chaos by Ian Stewart | |
Paperback: 416
Pages
(2002-03-05)
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Editorial Review Product Description This revised and updated edition includes three chapters on the prediction and control of chaotic systems. New information regarding the solar system and an account of complexity theory is also incorporated. It is a lucid and witty book which makes the complex mathematics of chaos accessible and entertaining. Customer Reviews (18)
Very good book with a few minor flaws
Excellent book, VERY small print
This is an excellent book.
A low level introduction
Great if you are new to the study of chaos |
5. Nonlinear Dynamics And Chaos: With Applications To Physics, Biology, Chemistry, And Engineering (Studies in Nonlinearity) by Steven H. Strogatz | |
Paperback: 512
Pages
(2001-01-19)
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How can you compare that which has not rivals?
Pretty Good Applied Math Book
Great read, even casually
Excellent introductory text in this topic
A must have for researchers in the area |
6. Chaos And Complexity: Implications For Psychological Theory And Practice by Michael R. Butz | |
Hardcover: 271
Pages
(1997-09-29)
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Cutting Edge Social Science I don't think thatanyone can read this book and not realize that chaos theory is far from afad but rather represents a new way of thinking about all of reality. Thisis an important book that deserves to become a standard introduction tochaos theory for those in the social sciences for years to come. Many willnot need to go further. Those who do will find ample material to point themfurther on their individual explorations. ... Read more |
7. Chaos and Fractals: New Frontiers of Science by Heinz-Otto Peitgen, Hartmut Jürgens, Dietmar Saupe | |
Hardcover: 864
Pages
(2004-02-03)
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Editorial Review Product Description The most appealing aspect about Chaos andFractals has to be its hundreds of images and graphics (withdozens in full-color) used to illustrate key concepts. Even themath-averse reader should be able to follow the basic presentation ofchaos and fractals here. Since fractals often mimic natural shapessuch as mountains, plants, and other biological forms, they lendthemselves especially well to visual representation. Early chaptershere document the mathematical oddities (or "monsters") such as theSierpinski Gasket and the Koch Curve, which laid the groundwork forlater discoveries in fractals. The book does a fine job of placingrecent discoveries about chaos into a tradition of earliermathematical research. Its description of the work of mathematicianslike Pascal, Kepler, Poincaré, Sierpinski, Koch, and Mandelbrotmakes for a fine read, a detective story that ends with the discoveryof order in chaos. (For programmers, the authors provide shortalgorithms and BASIC code, which lets you try out plotting variousfractals on your own.) This is not, however, only a book of prettypictures. For the reader who needs the mathematics behind chaostheory, the authors in no way dumb down the details. (But because thericher mathematical material is set off from the main text, thegeneral reader can still make headway without getting lost.) Therehave been advances in the field since this book's publication in 1992,but Chaos and Fractals remains an authoritative generalreference on chaos theory and fractals. A must for math students (andmath enthusiasts), Chaos and Fractals also deserves a place onthe bookshelf of any general reader or programmer who wants tounderstand how today's mathematicians and scientists make sense of ourworld using chaos theory. --Richard Dragan Topicscovered: Overview of fractals and chaos theory, feedback andmultiple reduction copy machines (MRCMs), the Cantor Set, theSierpinski Gasket and Carpet, the Pascal Triangle, the Koch Curve,Julia Sets, similarity, measuring fractal curves, fractal dimensions,transformations and contraction mapping, image compression, chaosgames, fractals and nature, L-systems, cellular automata basics,attractors and strange attractors, Henon's Attractor, Rössler andLorenz Attractors, randomness in fractals, the Brownian motion,fractal landscapes, sensitivity and periodic points, complexarithmetic basics, the Mandelbrot Set, and multifractal measures. Customer Reviews (13)
This book is a dream come true.
It's all true: Best single source on fractals-but get the 1st ed.
Compare the editions
Excellent tutorial on nonlinearity
A good introduction This is a sizable book, and space prohibits a detailed review, but some of the more interesting discussions in it include: 1. The video feedback experiment, which can be done with only a video camera and a TV set. This is always a crowd pleaser, at whatever level of the audience it is presented to. 2. The comparison between doing iteration of a chaotic map on two different calculating machines: a CASIO and an HP. The difference is very dramatic, illustrating the effect of finite accuracy arithmetic. 3. The pictures illustrating the Chinese arithmetic triangle and Pascal's triangle as it appeared in Japan in 1781. 4. The space-filling curve and its relation to the problem of defining dimension from a topological standpoint. This discussion motivates the idea of covering dimension, which the authors overview with great clarity. They also give a rigorous definition of the Hausdorff dimension and discuss its differences with the box counting dimension. 5. The many excellent color plates in the book, especially the one illustrating a cast of the venous and arterial system of a child's kidney. 6. The difficulty in measuring power laws in practice. 7. Image encoding using iterated function systems, which has become very important recently in satellite image analysis. This leads into a discussion of the Hausdorff distance, which is of enormous importance not only in the study of fractals but also in general topology: the famous hyperspaces of closed sets in a metric space. 8. The relation between chaos and randomness, discussed by the authors in the context of the "chaos game." 9. L-systems, which are motivated with a model of cell division. 10. the number theory behind Pascal's triangle. 11. The simulation of Brownian motion. 12. The Lyapunov exponent for smooth transformations. 13. The property of ergodicity and mixing for transformations, the authors pointing out that true ergodic behavior cannot be obtained in a computer where only a a finite collection of numbers is representable. 13. The concept of topological conjugacy. 14. The existence of homoclinic points in a dynamical system. These are very important in physical applications of chaos. 15. The Rossler attractor and its pictorial representation. 16. How to calculate the dimensions of strange attractors. 17. How to calculate Lyapunov exponents from time series, which is of great interest in many different applications, especially finance. 18. The Julia set, which the authors relate eventually to potential theory. ... Read more |
8. Indra's Net: Alchemy and Chaos Theory as Models for Transformation by Robin Robertson | |
Paperback: 196
Pages
(2009-06-30)
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Editorial Review Product Description In this clear, engaging book, Robin Robertson draws parallels between alchemy and chaos theory and shows how to apply them to our inner development. He is not proposing they replace traditional spiritual paths, but rather that they reflect deep structures in the psyche that any inner journey awakens. The model they provide necessarily underlies all paths of spiritual transformation and describes a framework for the stages through which any seeker goes. No matter what your particular calling, these insights enrich understanding of the transformative process, whether outside in the world, or within your life. Customer Reviews (1)
tools of transformation |
9. 24 Declassified: Chaos Theory by John Whitman | |
Mass Market Paperback: 336
Pages
(2007-06-01)
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Editorial Review Product Description A brilliant madman dedicated to anarchy has dark plans for the U.S. In twenty-four hours, America will be plunged into chaos—the result of an unthinkable assassination to be carried out flawlessly—and the government has no inkling of the catastrophe that is about to occur. Only one man can prevent the nightmare: disgraced rogue CTU operative Jack Bauer. But Bauer's been cut loose, is wanted for murder, and is running from the police, who have orders to shoot to kill. And there's no one he can turn to for help—because a high-level traitor in CTU wants Jack Bauer dead. Customer Reviews (10)
Another Thriller
A Good 24 Hours
Eh, nothing special (and beware the F-bomb)
The best of the 24 novels
Jack Bauer:Wild Card |
10. Introducing Chaos: A Graphic Guide by Ziauddin Sardar | |
Paperback: 176
Pages
(2004-12-15)
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Solid background
OK, but something missing...
Great book
Introducing Chaos Adequate
"Chaos" (not Chaos theory) is all this book introduces you. It was a mistake. I would not say much about this. The author did introduce Chaos, not really Chaos theory, to the readers. He tried his best, I believe, to make things easy to understand by simplifying things... However, in doing so, he had just created Chaos. Hence, this book is probably one of the best examples of "How Simplicity creates Complexity and Chaos"... a simple scheme found in Complex systems (like complex Cellular Automata which emerged from a simple set of rules). One thing, while a lot of names (technical terms) were introduced, almost all of them are left unexplained. And I think only "introducing" is never enough. (Well, it was the name of the book afterall... this book wasn't named "Explaing Chaos" :) There are other good books on Chaos for layperson. And, in fact, "Introducing Fractal Geometry" did a far better job than this one. ... Read more |
11. Applied Chaos Theory: A Paradigm for Complexity by Ali Bulent Cambel | |
Hardcover: 246
Pages
(1992-11-19)
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Soft but scientific introduction to chaos theory Writing is very good, intuitive, does not assume any particularmathematical background or practice with tools for simulating chaotic systems. Exposition is rather short because of a scientific writing style, it's not about scientific popularization (don't feel this is pedantic, writing is concise and not meant to be crowded with examples). In its approach, i think it's the smoothest scientific introductory book on the subject. For example Schroeder's (Fractals chaos and power laws) is overly mathematical as an introduction. Williams' (chaos theory tamed) on the other hand has a similar approach to this one but it is longer, more general and with less emphasis on the applied side of chaos theory (the analytic side). From an economical point of view, William's is cheaper while covers more about chaos theory, but this volume is scientifically better and more useful than Williams', which is too "generalistic". In summary : a very good self-contained and short introduction to chaos theory. But for a first book on chaos theory go to Williams, it's easier to read.
Recommended only if you don't need it!! The book is too expensive for what it offers!!.
Cogently Written |
12. Fractal Market Analysis: Applying Chaos Theory to Investment and Economics by Edgar E. Peters | |
Hardcover: 336
Pages
(1994-01-12)
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Gets you up and running with chaos theory for time series This book glosses over some conceptual topics such as Efficient Market Theory and the Fractal Market Hypothesis in favor of details to perform a rigorous statistical analysis.These conceptual topics are better covered in Peters' earlier work "Chaos and Order in the Capital Markets". For the analytically oriented reader, there can be much frustration as equations are often initially presented in sloppy and unusable forms with undefined parameters (hence 4 of 5 stars).However, these are subsequently broken down and presented in a step-by-step manner that will allow most readers to implement his techniques. Overall, this is an excellent introductory book for the practitioner or economist, not so great for the non-technical reader.
This book is a disappointment Unfortunately, the deeper you get into the "meet and potatoes" of this text, the more disappointing it gets. This book offers nothing. Readers less skilled in the subject matter might attribute this to their shortcomings or lesser math skills. Readers well-versed in this subject matter will easily determine that this text is a waste of time...
Good for newcomers to FMA
Almost useless On the editing side, I think Wileycould have done better. The math in the book is typeset in a programminglanguage style and you have to give extra effort in order to readthem. The three stars is for being one of the very few works available inthis field.
simple as possible intro to fractals and markets |
13. Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science (New Practices of Inquiry) | |
Paperback: 316
Pages
(1991-08-13)
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Editorial Review Product Description N. Katherine Hayles traces shifts in meaning that chaos has undergone within the Western tradition, suggesting that the science of chaos articulates categories that cannot be assimilated into the traditional dichotomy of order and disorder.She and her contributors take the relation between order and disorder as a theme and develop its implications for understanding texts, metaphors, metafiction, audience response, and the process of interpretation itself.Their innovative and diverse work opens the interdisciplinary field of chaotics to literary inquiry. Customer Reviews (1)
Completely different from the norm |
14. Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos by Roger Lewin | |
Paperback: 242
Pages
(2000-02-15)
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Editorial Review Product Description "Put together one of the world's best science writers with one of the universe's most fascinating subjects and you are bound to produce a wonderful book. . . . The subject of complexity is vital and controversial. This book is important and beautifully done."—Stephen Jay Gould "[Complexity] is that curious mix of complication and organization that we find throughout the natural and human worlds: the workings of a cell, the structure of the brain, the behavior of the stock market, the shifts of political power. . . . It is time science . . . thinks about meaning as well as counting information. . . . This is the core of the complexity manifesto. Read it, think about it . . . but don't ignore it."—Ian Stewart, Nature This second edition has been brought up to date with an essay entitled "On the Edge in the Business World" and an interview with John Holland, author of Emergence: From Chaos to Order. Customer Reviews (9)
Intriguing and thought provoking.
Fascination at the edge of chaos.
Engagingly Written Science
Why read complexity? I find Lewin strikes the right balance with his reader presenting difficult concepts with elegant clarity yet providing enough detail to challenge the reader. To make the material too simple would leave the concepts incoherent-to provide too much would leave the reader behind. He also presents a balanced view of the subject. There are detractors in the scientific community. They are heard from.Lewin develops various concepts directly related to complexity rather cleverly. We are given a piece of concept that is added onto later in a different context providing us with a kaleidoscopic way of thinking of the material. It is all connected but our focus shifts slightly giving us a new view of the subject.In the beginning there were Boolean Networks. Other concepts follow: edge of chaos; complex adaptive systems; emergence.If anyone has ever wondered even in passing why is it that discrete bits of biota or data that do not amount to much in themselves can produce not only something more complex when put together but something that is more than the sum of its parts then Complexity is of interest to you. This book doesn't have to be the final authority or explain it all to be a very good read.And, in reference to other reviews, novel new ways of approaching scientific inquiry don't come from just anyone. Personalities matter. Putting the subject of complexity in the context of those who have been pursuing its secrets is not only acceptable but adds to our understanding. The implications for the opening up of new ways of seeing what we've heretofore been looking at `through a glass darkly' are incredible. I can see why some of the leading scientists might find the subject worth their time and energy. So many things we wish to fix about how we operate within the system that supports us have proved intransigent to change. Perhaps this is because up to now we have been hampered by a too narrow view of what dynamics are relevant to a particular line of inquiry. Lewin has presented complexity as a good mystery novel. It is a non-fiction mystery novel the ending of which has yet to be written.
A fine SECOND book on Complexity As a second book, narrowly focused on the question of complexity in biology, it is outstanding.Specifically, the question is one of how self-organization (complexity) relates to evolution and what this means for natural selection.Complexity is frequently talked up as the unifier of the sciences.Lewin takes a balanced approach, taking the time to talk to complexity theorists and understand their ideas, then talking to mainstream biologists to see how the ideas relate.His conclusion shows no inherent bias.Where other books on complexity show extreme (perhaps undue) enthusiasm, Roger Lewin's concusion is decidedly "wait and see".I found his insights to be on target and relevant. I mentioned that this is a good second book.For an introduction to complexity, read John Holland's "Hidden Order".For a history of the Santa Fe Institute and some of the personalities there, read Mitchell Waldrop's "Complexity".Either or both of these would serve as an adequate introduction to this book. ... Read more |
15. Chaos, Complexity, and Sociology: Myths, Models, and Theories | |
Paperback: 360
Pages
(1997-06-12)
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Editorial Review Product Description The contributors provide a timely collection of articles which examine the emerging myths and theories surrounding the study of chaos and complexity. In the second part methodological matters are considered. Finally, conceptual models and applications are presented. |
16. Simply Complexity: A Clear Guide to Complexity Theory by Neil Johnson | |
Paperback: 256
Pages
(2009-10-16)
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An interesting approach to the complexity
An interesting walk down a single narrow path
A good intro
A fine introduction to what Complexity is all about.
Ok, but I suspect there are better books on the subject |
17. Chaos and Fractals: The Mathematics Behind the Computer Graphics (Proceedings of Symposia in Applied Mathematics) by Robert L. Devaney | |
Hardcover: 208
Pages
(1989-07)
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Somewhat dated, but still a good introduction to chaos and fractals |
18. Chaos: The Making of a New Science by James Gleick | |
Hardcover: 360
Pages
(1987-10-29)
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Editorial Review Product Description This is not apurely technical book. Instead, it focuses as much on the scientistsstudying chaos as on the chaos itself. In the pages of Gleick's book,the reader meets dozens of extraordinary and eccentric people.Forinstance, Mitchell Feigenbaum, who constructed and regulated his lifeby a 26-hour clock and watched his waking hours come in and out ofphase with those of his coworkers at Los Alamos NationalLaboratory. As for chaos itself, Gleick does an outstanding job ofexplaining the thought processes and investigative techniques thatresearchers bring to bear on chaos problems. Rather than attempt toexplain Julia sets, Lorenz attractors, and the Mandelbrot Set withgigantically complicated equations, Chaos relies on sketches,photographs, and Gleick's wonderful descriptive prose. Customer Reviews (115)
Anecdote and Science
Intelligent, tantalizing, brisk popular science
Good
Great Introduction
Good narrative history of Chaos/Complexity |
19. Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos by J. M. T. Thompson, H. B. Stewart | |
Hardcover: 460
Pages
(2002-04-15)
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Excellent book. |
20. Chaos by Kathleen T. Alligood, Tim D. Sauer, James A. Yorke | |
Paperback: 620
Pages
(1996-11-07)
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Great Book
A/S/Y strike a perfect balance between theory and applications!
Exciting and Lucid Introduction to Chaos Theory
The definitive guide to dynamical systems! If you're seriously thinking about getting started in dynamical systems, get this book!
great introduction to dynamical systems |
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