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To tackle this issue, physicists looked at Turbulence, being the complex phenomenon par excellence, an analogy between the start of turbulence in a stream and the phase transition of liquids provided a good start.

I think anyone remotely curious in science and physics, and in particular topics like uncertainty, randomness, nonlinearities, etc.From the turbulence of the weather to the complicated rythmns of the human heart, 'chaos' is at the centre of our day to day lives. From time to time, on rare occasions, I would form a binary event tree of life and would try to figure out the initial events that accumulated into current condition of life.

Gleick's way of telling the stories makes the reader share in the wonder and incredulity of each pioneer as he stumbled upon this hitherto unguessed truth of nature. I see the poetry of constant motion and evolution everywhere and I can feel the science of Chaos intuitively as I take my long walks. It describes the Mandelbrot set, Julia sets, and Lorenz attractors without using complicated mathematics. I realised how much I was enjoying the book when I found myself twiddling my thumbs one lunch hour at work and decided to plot a simple bifurcation chart!Gleick gives an unorganized overview some fun mathematical concepts like fractals, strange attractors, and chaos theory. I don't know if the leading thinkers on the subject would agree with this, but 'chaos theory' feels like a narrow slice of 'complexity theory' to me.

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