Sync : The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order Paperback
'SYNC' IS A STORY OF A DAZZLING KIND OF ORDER IN THE UNIVERSE, THE HARMONY THAT COMES FROM CYCLES IN SYNC.
THE TENDENCY TO SYCHRONIZE IS ONE OF THE MOST FAR- REACHING DRIVES IN ALL OF NATURE.
IT EXTENDS FROM PEOPLE TO PLANETS, FROM ANIMALS TO ATOMS.
IN 'SYNC' PROFESSOR STEVEN STROGATZ CONSIDERS A RANGE OF APPLICATIONS - HUMAN SLEEP AND CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS, MENSTRUAL SYNCHRONY, INSECT OUTBREAKS, SUPERCONDUCTORS, LASERS, SECRET CODES, HEART ARRHYTHMIAS AND FADS - CONNECTING ALL TRHOUGH AN EXPLORATION OF THE SAME MATHEMATICAL THEME: SELF- ORGANISATION, OR THE SPONTANEOUS EMERGENCE OF ORDER OUT OF CHAOS.
FOCUSED ENOUGH TO PRESENT A COHERENT WORLD UNTO THEMSELVES, STROGATZ'S CHOSEN TOPICS TOUCH ON SEVERAL OF THE HOTTEST DIRECTIONS IN CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/04/2004
- Category: Cybernetics & systems theory
- ISBN: 9780141007632
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Review by tronella
by Steven Strogatz, who also wrote my nonlinear dynamics textbook. Both of which are pretty good - he has a good writing style :) Yay, people who can explain things clearly. It's a really interesting book, too... about the study of synchronisation (e.g. pendulums synchronising themselves, lasers, fireflies flashing in unison) and how the field developed recently. It focuses a lot on the people involved, too, which is fun to read. I liked this one a lot. :)