Sync : The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order, Paperback

Sync : The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order Paperback

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"Sync" is a story of a dazzling kind of order in the universe, the harmony that comes from cycles in sync.

The tendency to synchronize 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 through an exploration of the same mathematical theme: self-organization, 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:
  • Category: Cybernetics & systems theory
  • ISBN: 9780141007632



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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. :)