Chaos: Making a New ScienceThe author describes how scientists studying the growth of complexity in nature are discovering order and pattern in chaos. He explains concepts such as nonlinearity, the Butterfly Effect, universal constants, fractals, and strange attractors, and examines the work of scientists such as Mitchell J. Feigenbaum, Edward Lorenz, and Benoit Mandelbrot. 
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User Review  LisCarey  LibraryThingThis book, over two decades old now, is one of the great classics of science popularization. It was a blockbuster bestseller at the time, and it's still well worth reading, a fascinating, enjoyable ... Read full review
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Prologue  1 
Revolution  33 
A revolution in seeing Pendulum clocks space balls and playground  53 
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