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Does God Play Dice?: The New Mathematics of Chaos, 2nd Edition

Does God Play Dice?: The New Mathematics of Chaos, 2nd Edition

Ian Stewart

ISBN: 978-0-631-23251-3

Feb 2002, Wiley-Blackwell

416 pages

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The revised and updated edition includes three completely new chapters on the prediction and control of chaotic systems. It also incorporates new information regarding the solar system and an account of complexity theory. This witty, lucid and engaging book makes the complex mathematics of chaos accessible and entertaining.
  • Presents complex mathematics in an accessible style.
  • Includes three new chapters on prediction in chaotic systems, control of chaotic systems, and on the concept of chaos.
  • Provides a discussion of complexity theory.
Preface to the Second Edition.

Prologue: Clockwork or Chaos?

1 Chaos from Order.

2 Equations for Everything.

3 The Laws of Error.

4 The Last Universalist.

5 One-way Pendulum.

6 Strange Attractors.

7 The Weather Factory.

8 Recipe for Chaos.

9 Sensitive Chaos.

10 Fig-trees and Feigenvalues.

11 The Texture of Reality.

12 Return to Hyperion.

13 The Imbalance of Nature.

14 Beyond the Butterfly.

15 Von Neumann's Dream.

16 Chaos and the Quantum.

17 Farewell, Deep Thought.

Epilogue: Dicing with the Deity.

Further Reading.

Illustration Acknowledgements.

Index.

"A book well worth reading and a valuable contribution to the literature on chaos" (New Scientist)

"For those who have even rudimentary mathematical knowledge, for teachers and for lively-minded school and university students, Stewart give a valuable insight into the innards of chaos" (The Times Higher Education Supplement)

"A fine introduction to a complex subject" (Daily Telegraph)


  • Presents complex mathematics in an accessible style.
  • Includes three new chapters on prediction in chaotic systems, control of chaotic systems , and on the concept of chaos.
  • Provides a discussion of complexity theory.