Chaos: Making a New Science
The “highly entertaining” New York Times bestseller, which explains chaos theory and the butterfly effect, from the author of The Information (Chicago Tribune).
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I purchased a copy of this book while in college, read it, found it interesting and then placed it on the shelf. After five years I picked it up and gained new insight. At the ten year mark I did the same thing. Within five years of leaving college I had moved into the software performance engineering discipline. The insights from this book on the chaotic nature of the behavior of user populations has been quite insightful when examining the behavior of end user systems and modeling the behavior for performance testing efforts. I would recommend this book heartily to anyone who is looking for more insights into natural systems and how to examine and model the behavior of such systems for analysis.
Edward Lorenz and his toy weather The computer misbehaves Longrange
Lifes Ups and Downs
A Geometry of Nature
A discovery about cotton prices A refugee from Bourbaki Transmission errors
theory The rejection letters Meeting in Como Clouds and paintings
Helium in a Small Box Insolid billowing of the solid Flow and form in nature
A misunderstanding about models The complex body The dynamical heart