At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics....Continua
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....Continua