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James Gleick

Autor/a de Chaos: Making a New Science

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He wrote the worldwide bestseller Chaos, which was nominated for the National Book Award. He was the 1990 McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University. (Publisher Provided) James Gleick was born in New York City on August 1, 1954. He received a degree in English and linguistics from mostra'n més Harvard College in 1976. He helped found Metropolis, an alternative weekly newspaper in Minneapolis. After the newspaper folded, he worked for ten years as an editor and reporter for The New York Times. In 1989-1990, he was the McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University. He has written several books including Chaos: Making a New Science, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything, What Just Happened: A Chronicle from the Information Frontier, and The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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Big disappointment. Coming off of American Prometheus, the fantastic biography of Robert Oppenheimer, and having read a book or two of Gleick's earlier stuff, I was surprised that I couldn't even finish the damned thing. Tossed it into my donation pile a hundred pages in.
emmby | Hi ha 30 ressenyes més | Oct 4, 2023 |
I found this to be an excellent piece of work and one of the best short biographies I’ve ever read. Gleick does a wonderful job in presenting the life and world of Isaac Newton. A great bio for the general public looking to learn more the about the life of this great man, and Required reading for any student of the history of science.
stevetempo | Hi ha 42 ressenyes més | Sep 16, 2023 |
Like Entangled Life, it took me a while to finish this because it encompasses so many different fields that I'd stop all the time to check references. This is not a criticism of the book, though: James Gleick describes how scientists in areas as disparate as meteorology and the study of cardiac arrhythmia were able to make an impact by showing simple chaotic models that reproduce features of very real systems which were previously thought to be too random to understand. I find that pretty amazing.

While I'd have preferred a slightly more technical book, I've found that Gleick is really good at making layman explanations without being condescending. He also interviewed a lot of people and out of it he made a really compelling story of how the field developed. I particularly liked how he highlights the massive resistance the first people who studied chaos encountered. Nonlinear systems have historically been (and still are to this day) something of a footnote because analytic treatment of them is impossible, which makes theoretical scientists unenthusiastic. And the more practical scientists are also unlikely to be receptive because incorporating a dynamic systems approach to their study requires interdisciplinary work.
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fegolac | Hi ha 61 ressenyes més | Aug 31, 2023 |
Книга об информации. 15 глав о том, как менялось понимание человечества об информации. Книга не является легкой для прочтения, так как наполнена формулами из физики, термодинамики, математики. Конечно же можно прочитать её не углубляясь в детали, но тогда и эффекта от книги не будет. Интересно проследить путь от африканских барабанов, которые служили для передачи информации между племенами в своей особенной форме, до создание словаря и понимание того, что письменность помогла нам создать мир, который мы имеем сейчас. Особенно интересно было проследить поиск Клодом Шенноном теорией об информации, и его попытки уложить всю сложность вселенной в 0,1.

Несмотря на достаточно сухую тему, книга не лишена чувствительности, в некоторых главах автор искусно описывает борьбу великих умов с парадигмом мышления предыдущих поколений и цену, которую они заплатили за это.

Последние несколько глав неоднозначны, автор пытается найти смысл или инструмент для борьбы с растущим кол-вом информации в мире. Книга была написана в 2011 г. в ИТ мире многое уже изменилось, люди стали лучше фильтровать и воспринимать поток растущий поток информации.

Особенно понравилось переплетение образов литературных произведений магического реализма с существующими онлайн сервисами.
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kmaxat | Hi ha 110 ressenyes més | Aug 26, 2023 |



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