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Deep Simplicity

Chaos, Complexity and the Emergence of Life

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Deep Simplicity by John Gribbin
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In this brilliantly enlightening book John Gribbin, the man who made quantum theory clear with In Search of Schrodinger's Cat shows that complexity is simple, and explains how life has emerged from simple systems. Deep Simplicity is the first book to synthesize all the various ideas about chaos and complexity - from the butterfly effect to the intriguing concept of Gaia. It reveals that at the root of even what seems to be the most random behaviour there are actually simple laws of cause and effect - essentially the same ones discovered by Newton 300 years ago. But the sensitive way in which systems respond to those basic laws, combined with feedback, can explain why, for example, just one vehicle braking on a motorway can cause a traffic jam; how a tiny genetic mutation or environmental change may makea species develop in a wholly different way; or why wild weather fluctuations can result from a slight change in atmospheric pressure. It can even explain people, the most complex systems of all, showing how we evolved from the most widely available raw materials in the Universe.

Author Biography

John Gribbin is one of today's greatest writers of popular science and the author of bestselling books, including In Search of Schrodinger's Cat, Stardust, Science: A History and Deep Simplicity. He is famous to his many fans for making complex ideas simple, and says that his aim in his writing - much of it done with his wife, Mary Gribbin - is to share with his readers his sense of wonder at the strangeness of the universe. John Gribbin trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge University and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex.
Release date NZ
January 27th, 2005
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Books Ltd
Pages
272
Dimensions
129x198x16
ISBN-13
9780141007229
Product ID
1684118

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