Chaos and harmony: perspectives on scientific revolutions of the twentieth century
Templeton Foundation Press,
Templeton Foundation Press pbk. ed.
Thuan's elegant prose vividly captures the interplay of chance and necessity that shapes our universe. An astonishing array of phenomena are woven together in a coherent way. Thuan conveys an appreciation of the complexity and beauty of our cosmos, and the excitement of our ability to understand it." J. Richard Gott III, Professor of Astrophysics, Princeton University Extraordinary advances in science in the twentieth century profoundly changed the way we perceive the world. New discoveries restored mystery to the universe, revealing a system of symmetry and chaos. In this book, world-renowned astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan reignites the excitement of these discoveries while considering their philosophical and theological implications. He describes the process through which constraining and sterile determinism was challenged, transformed, and swept aside by contingency, which took a prominent place in fields as diverse as cosmology, astrophysics, geology, biology, and genetics. He traces the view of reality as dependent not only on natural laws, but also on a series of historical and contingent events. Topics include: l Truth and beauty in science l The story of the solar system, illustrating how reality is determined by the combined effects of determinism and serendipity, of chance and necessity l Chaos theory, with examples drawn from astrophysics, meteorology, biology, and medicine l Symmetry principles and how they enable us to meld electricity with magnetism, and time with space l The world of atoms, where quantum indeterminism predominates, and reality depends on the observer l How nature exercises creativity, including emergent" principles of self-organization and complexity that operate holistically and globally l Man's unreasonable effectiveness" in grasping the universeCould it be that man tries to understand the universe simply to give it meaning?" Originally published in France where it became a bestseller, it was previously published in English in hardback edition. This is the first paperback English-language edition.
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Chaotic behavior in systems
|title_display||Chaos and harmony : perspectives on scientific revolutions of the twentieth century|
|title_full||Chaos and harmony : perspectives on scientific revolutions of the twentieth century / Trinh Xuan Thuan ; translation by Axel Reisinger|
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Chaotic behavior in systems