Explaining Chaos

by Peter Smith

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  • 9780521477475
  • 9780511886331
Chaotic dynamics has been hailed as the third great scientific revolution in physics this century, comparable to relativity and quantum mechanics. In this book, Peter Smith takes a cool, critical look at such claims. He cuts through the hype and rhetoric by explaining some of the basic mathematical ideas in a clear and accessible way, and by carefully discussing the methodological issues which arise. In particular, he explores the new kinds of explanation of empirical phenomena which modern dynamics can deliver. Explaining Chaos will be compulsory reading for philosophers of science and for anyone who has wondered about the conceptual foundations of chaos theory.

  • Cambridge University Press; September 1998
  • ISBN: 9780511886331
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  • Title: Explaining Chaos
  • Author: Peter Smith
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
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  • 9780521477475
  • 9780511886331

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' … attractively written and should be accessible to many without advanced mathematical ability, it is a book for readers who are interested in what we mean by scientific understanding and in what confidence we can place in the statements of science.' Contemporary Physics

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521477475
  • 9780511886331