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"Sync: Rhythms of Nature, Rhythms of Ourselves"

By Steven H. Strogatz

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| Paperback | 9780141007632

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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. Continue

"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.

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    Good science writing, not-so-great angle

    Steven Strogatz is an applied mathematician best known for his contribution to network theory. Here he looks at the phenomenon of sync: independent agents (the light emitting organs of fireflies, women's menstrual cycles, cars accelerating and breaki ...(continue)

    Steven Strogatz is an applied mathematician best known for his contribution to network theory. Here he looks at the phenomenon of sync: independent agents (the light emitting organs of fireflies, women's menstrual cycles, cars accelerating and breaking in traffic traffic) start to act as if they were driven by some higher power.

    Strogatz writes good science, and the problems are quite interesting - but hardly world shattering. One leaves the book with the idea that this sync thing is quite cool, but it's probably best not to get too excited about it because it can't live up to too much expectation. If you are to read only one science book this year, I don't recommend you choose this one.

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 352 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 014100763X
  • ISBN-13: 9780141007632
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publish date: 2004-04-29
  • Dimensions: 129 mm x 832 mm x 1,276 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , eBook
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