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by Trinh Xuan Thuan,Axel Reisinger


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Chaos and Harmony" is seriously worth the time for anyone interested in catching up on what's important in science these days.

Chaos and Harmony" is seriously worth the time for anyone interested in catching up on what's important in science these days. I like to see how different authors tackle the general big issues: quantum mechanics, fine tuning, the idea of multiverses, string theory, and so on. Thuan's strong point seems to be quantum mechanics.

Home Browse Books Book details, Chaos and Harmony: Perspectives on Scientific. For 300 years, Trinh Xuan Thuan writes, since the time of Isaac Newton, scientists saw reality as a giant clock-a sterile mechanism in which one part acts on another in a deterministic fashion. Chaos and Harmony: Perspectives on Scientific Revolutions of the Twentieth Century. By Trinh Xuan Thuan, Axel Reisinger. But the discoveries of the last few decades have changed all that, conjuring up instead a universe brimming with unpredictability, creativity, and chance.

Trinh Xuan Thuan, whose books of popular science are bestsellers in France, is an astronomer by training

Trinh Xuan Thuan, whose books of popular science are bestsellers in France, is an astronomer by training. In Chaos and Harmony, he reaches well beyond the immediate bounds of that field to consider the explosion of scientific knowledge of all kinds in the 20th century, and he muses on the very nature of scientific inquiry. The most important aspect of a theory of science, in Trinh's view, is not that it be verifiable experimentally, but that it "allow beauty and truth to emerge into on. General relativity is a hallmark in this regard

Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. Truth and beauty - Contingency and necessity: the formation of the solar system - Chaos in the cosmic machinery, and uncertainty in determinism - The austere beauty of symmetry - The unbearable strangeness of atoms - The creative universe - The unreasonable effectiveness of thought.

Chaos And Harmony book. It is during that period that he acquired the French style th Trinh Xuan Thuan was born on 20th August, 1948 in Hanoï (Vietnam). This book was well organized starting from basic scientific principle and progressing through much more advanced quantum theory and theoretical cosmology. It was obviously written by someone with a penchant for science as opposed to literature, and it's organized in a way to give brief summaries of each principle.

For 300 years, Trinh Xuan Thuan writes, since the time of Isaac Newton, scientists saw reality as a giant clock-a sterile mechanism in which one part acts on another in a deterministic fashion

For 300 years, Trinh Xuan Thuan writes, since the time of Isaac Newton, scientists saw reality as a giant clock-a sterile mechanism in which one part acts on another in a deterministic fashion. But the discoveries of the last few decades have changed all that, conjuring up instead a universebrimming with unpredictability, creativity, and chance. Writing with exceptional grace and clarity, Thuan vividly describes these important scientific discoveries, intriguing new theories about chaos, gravity, strange attractors, fractals, symmetry, superstrings, and the strangeness of atoms.

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For 300 years, Trinh Xuan Thuan writes, since the time of Isaac Newton, scientists saw reality as a giant clock--a sterile mechanism in which one part acts on another in a deterministic fashion. But the discoveries of the last few decades have changed all that, conjuring up instead a universe brimming with unpredictability, creativity, and chance. Writing with exceptional grace and clarity, Thuan vividly describes these important scientific discoveries, intriguing new theories about chaos, gravity, strange attractors, fractals, symmetry, superstrings, and the strangeness of atoms. Equally important, he reveals how these discoveries have shaped our view of the universe--for instance, how quantum mechanics brought indeterminism to the subatomic universe. Thuan deftly describes quantum mechanics, discusses its relationship to the theories of relativity (which deal inability to accept it. Indeed, throughout Chaos and Harmony, he makes clear as never before the mind-bending ideas of modern physics, such as the effect of gravity on time (it slows it down), the impossibility of crossing the speed-of-light barrier (it would actually reverse time), the role of fractals as "the language of nature," and the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in understanding the universe. From the subatomic world to the vast realm of quasars and galaxies, from the nature of mathematics to the fractal characteristics of the human circulatory system, Trinh Xuan Thuan takes us on a breathtaking tour of the universe. With striking examples and clear, plain language, he shows how science has actually restored mystery to the world around us--a world of symmetry and chaos, contingency and creativity.

Comments: (7)

Altad
Only Mr. Thuan can make a very difficult and complex subject seem easy, specially for someone like me without a science background.
Ť.ħ.ê_Ĉ.õ.о.Ł
Trinh Xuan Thuan presents 20th century understands of the universe in a concise and readable edition that should find its rightful place in all libraries - public and personal.
Ballazan
The book was good condition.
Yalone
"Chaos and Harmony" is seriously worth the time for anyone interested in catching up on what's important in science these days. I like to see how different authors tackle the general big issues: quantum mechanics, fine tuning, the idea of multiverses, string theory, and so on. Thuan's strong point seems to be quantum mechanics. He takes you deepr into the subatomic (and maybe even sub-subatomic) world than most of us would ever want to go; and he makes this journey readable and understandable and fascinating. After reading Kaku's "Parallel Worlds" I got the impression that QM wasn't actually verifiable, but Thuan gives some pretty good examples and even illuminates how particle colliders work.

One thing I loved was his take on the 'unreasonable effectiveness of thought,' why mankind is able to understand such a complex universe, why the laws of nature are apparently universal, and he ties it all in to Plato's 'world of Ideas' (the realm of Forms), an oft-discredited theory that deserves to be taken more seriously, in my opinion. After reading Thuan's thoughts on the subject one skeptical of Forms just may see the light.

My only issue with the book is that, for it to be titled "Chaos and Harmony," he never actually tackles the harmony part and really only sticks with chaos in the first part of the book. So what about chaos and harmony? How are they linked? Are they really just different forms of the same thing? How do they in turn effect us both cosmically and philosophically? Even by spending more time discussing the anthropic principle he could have strengthened the book's implied thesis.

Overall, though, I came away more learned, as one should, with an appetite to continue learning, as one always should. The author put a ton of effort into his book and I hope that more people discover it and benefit from it.
Detenta
Chaos And Harmony: Perspectives On Scientific Revolutions Of The Twentieth Century by Trinh Xuan Thaun (Professor of Astronomy at the University of Virginia since 1976) is an exploratory study and survey of the extraordinary advancements which modern science has made possible in the progression in understanding so many mysteries that engaged the minds and curiosity of so many scientists over recent decades. With the application of modern science, Chaos And Harmony inspects the philosophical and theological implications of astrological and astrophysical breakthroughs and past perceptions. Chaos And Harmony brilliantly explains in an elaborate format the intricacies and answers to many sought questions and misunderstandings, and is to be given high praise strong recommended for students of astrophysics, astrology, as well as readers with an interest in the theological or philosophical perspectives which the sciences may substantially counter and/or support.
Uriel
A clear, eloquent, and graceful discussion of how recent scientifc discoveries impact our lives in more than just theoretical terms. Thuan begins with a wonderfully vivid, accessible overview of the latest theories about chaos, gravity, strange attractors, fractals, symmetry, superstrings, and the strangeness of atoms, and reveals how these discoveries have shaped our view of the universe. From the subatomic world to the vastness of quasars and galaxies, from the nature of mathematics to the fractal characteristics of the human circulatory system, Trinh Xuan Thuan takes us on a truly awe-inspiring tour of the universe as we know it today. With brilliant analogies that open up the strangest, often counterintuitive theories about all sorts of things most of us don't take the time to consider, what Thuan really shows readers in Chaos and Harmony is how science has actually restored mystery and amazement to the world around us.
Global Progression
In the mid 1600's Sir Isaac Newton developed a set of basic rules for how the universe worked. The power of Newton's logic, how simple he made the world look held sway for more than two centuries. Only towards the end of the 1800's did experiments begin to point to cracks in the basic Newtonnian theory.

In 1905 however, the world changed. Einstein published his first paper on relativity. Not long after that came quantuum mechanics. The physics of the twentiety century was to greatly change the view of the world. More complex, true, but also more in tune with the experimental findings.

This book is aimed at the layman and explains these fundamental changes in our view of the world. It also points to some of the unanswered questions that remain. Could it be that we are headed to another great change with a new Newton/Einstein in the wings?
This book is a reflection of the scientific discoveries of the 20th century. Written in layman's terms, this book is fairly easy to read and understand. Not once did I come across a menacing differential equation or proof, so this book is truly for the non-scientific person with a desire to get familiar with at least the accomplishments of the field. I particularly liked the way the author tied everything together and showed how one discovery led to another. The author did this by starting with the premise of mankind's search for the "theory of everything," the holy grail of science. The only thing that I was disappointed with was his brevity on the subject of superstrings, considering their substantial potential. With that said, getting the average reader to the present in light of the past is accomplished well with this text.
Chaos and Harmony: Perspectives on Scientific Revolutions of the 20th Century download epub
Astronomy & Space Science
Author: Trinh Xuan Thuan,Axel Reisinger
ISBN: 0195129172
Category: Science & Math
Subcategory: Astronomy & Space Science
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 10, 2000)
Pages: 366 pages