Chaos exists in systems all around us. Even the simplest system can be subject to chaos, denying us accurate predictions of its behavior, and sometimes giving rise to astonishing structures of large-scale order. Here, Leonard Smith shows that we all have an intuitive understanding of chaotic systems. He uses accessible math and physics to explain Chaos Theory, and points to numerous examples in philosophy and literature that illuminate the problems.
This book provides an understanding of chaotic dynamics in mathematics, physics, and the real world, with an explanation of why it is important and how it differs from the idea of randomness. The author draws on certain physical systems and phenomena, for example the weather forecast, a pendulumn, a coin toss, mass transit, politics, and the role of chaos in gambling and the stock-market. This book represents an opportunity for mathematical lay people to get a clear understanding of this fascinating concept.
Oxford's Very Short Introductions offer concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides balanced discussions of the central issues. Every Very Short Introduction demonstrates how its topic has developed and influenced society. Whatever the area of study, whatever the topic that fascinates the reader, the series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove a valuable introduction.
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