In the Wake of Chaos: Unpredictable Order in Dynamical Systems

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University of Chicago Press, 1994 - Science - 190 pages
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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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Philosophical aspects of chaos theory. (Kellert defines chaos as unstable aperiodic behavior in deterministic nonlinear dynamical systems. It has to do with sensitive dependence on initial conditions ... Read full review

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