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Description - Deep Simplicity by John Gribbin

In this brilliantly enlightening book John Gribbin, the man who made quantum theory clear with In Search of Schrodinger's Cat shows that complexity is simple, and explains how life has emerged from simple systems. Deep Simplicity is the first book to synthesize all the various ideas about chaos and complexity - from the butterfly effect to the intriguing concept of Gaia. It reveals that at the root of even what seems to be the most random behaviour there are actually simple laws of cause and effect - essentially the same ones discovered by Newton 300 years ago. But the sensitive way in which systems respond to those basic laws, combined with feedback, can explain why, for example, just one vehicle braking on a motorway can cause a traffic jam; how a tiny genetic mutation or environmental change may makea species develop in a wholly different way; or why wild weather fluctuations can result from a slight change in atmospheric pressure. It can even explain people, the most complex systems of all, showing how we evolved from the most widely available raw materials in the Universe.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141007229
ISBN-10: 0141007222
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Gribbin

John Gribbin is one of today's greatest writers of popular science and the author of bestselling books, including In Search of Schrodinger's Cat, Stardust, Science: A History and Deep Simplicity. He is famous to his many fans for making complex ideas simple, and says that his aim in his writing - much of it done with his wife, Mary Gribbin - is to share with his readers his sense of wonder at the strangeness of the universe. John Gribbin trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge University and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex.

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