Dazzling colour images illuminate this award-winning story of game-changing scientific theory.
James Gleick’s chronicle, written in 1987, reveals a fascinating world of fractals, strange attractors and smooth noodle maps. He captures the astonished determination of its pioneers and explores its exciting and sometimes startling impact on our quest for knowledge. Today it is understood that chaos is not opposed but integral to the two other revolutionary theories of the 20th century – relativity and quantum mechanics. Moreover, it is now known that chaos has a hand, not just in the workings of the world we inhabit, but in the wider universe: the sun, black holes and even the big bang. As well as Gleick’s 2008 afterword, this edition features colour illustrations that visualise the intricate beauty of chaos theory.
Quarter-bound in cloth with printed paper sides
Set in Haarlemmer with Century Gothic display
Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour plates, and integrated black & white diagrams
9½˝ x 6¼˝