Sync The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order eBook

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  1. says:

    Sync is excellent book that delves into chaos theory and complexity theory amongst others and the practical applications in human endeavour Though it does not explicitly put down any euations it is not an easy read simply due to the topic as well as the mind blowing nature of its revelations I would highly recommend this book to readers looking for something a bit challenging in physics while keeping the subject down to earth I feel the addition of some euations would have made this book a bit readable

  2. says:

    This is a very entertaining book I enjoyed every chapter of the book I was especially intrigued by the biological rhythms fireflies and human sleep cycles And I thoroughly enjoyed the step by step history of how the mathematics of coupled oscillators was worked out As previous reviewers have mentioned the book could have been helped by additional charts and diagrams and even perhaps some euations It is difficult to imagine some of the patterns the author describes without some concrete reference It would have been especially helpful in the chapter on chaos when describing coupled strange attractors The chapter on networks seems like a summary of a much detailed book Linked by Albert Laszlo BarabasiSo if the subject of networks intrigues you I highly recommend that book too

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    “For reasons we don’t yet understand the tendency to synchronize is one of the most pervasive drives in the universe extending from atoms to animals from people to planets” This fun and fascinating book by a leading mathematician examines sync the “spontaneous emergence of order out of chaos” It’s written in bite size chapters each touching on every day realities we all encounter like sleep cycles “Sync also provides a crucial first step for what’s coming next in the study of complex nonlinear systems where the isolators are eventually going to be replaced by teens and self companies and people” In the 17 years since this book Steven Strogatz continues to apply cutting edge complexity theory particularly sync to areas mathematicians typically wall themselves off from like how communities can most successfully integrate Terrific stuff

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    A great multi disciplinary introduction to the idea of complex systems obtaining order in a spontaneous way It's funny that it seems like at least to me about half the reviews say they couldn't fully grasp all the ideas in the book while the other half claim it isn't technical enough Some of the descriptions can be slightly hard to follow but i think he does an outstanding job of helping the reader to visualize incredibly complex concepts Personally I'd rather the book be for the layman in the hopes that it could peak the interests of anyone despite their mathematical backgrounds By making the book accessible to all anyone can revel in the beauty of the universe that is often overlooked by the naked eye despite the complexity of the concepts These are concepts that IMO everyone should be aware of on some level because they permeate every scale and corner of the universe and are applicable to every discipline concept system or part of everyday life It's just a wonderful way to think If it isn't technical enough or even too technical you can always use it as a launching point to explore whatever interests you the most since the book covers such a wide range of spontaneous order Some math background high school definitely helps but is not completely reuiredThis book might but a 4 star but i decided to be generous Yea yea many of the analogies do not convey the true complexity of the theories they are describing but that's because they simply can't As I already said you can always choose to dig deeper into any concept he presents Generally the concepts discussed are all tied together well if not for a couple momentary lapses and he writes clearly I'm generous with my rating simply because I really enjoy concepts like sync complex systems chaos theory etc that seem to permeate reality at all levels It's my belief that everyone no matter their walk of life should have some kind of awareness of pervasive natural laws that describe ourselves and everything around us as it can lead to understanding and acceptance as well as insight into almost any issue The multidisciplinary approach of this book really helps bring out that pervasiveness and highlights the idea of some fundamental connectedness between all things that can be formulated The far left and right of a distribution of people based on scientific knowledge just may find themselves bored at times but an open minded approach to this book opens many doors for subseuent research and most importantly new ways of thinking

  5. says:

    This is a great multi disciplinary science bookThe reader is introduced to phenomena from many disciplinesThese phenomena are well modeled by similar mathematics using non linear oscillatorsThe book reuires little math knowledge but it helpsI plan to write my own computer simulations for some of these phenomena and will link them to this review when I'm finished I do have one heated criticism of this bookStrogatz defends Josephson's regurgitation of the most certainly incorrect view that uantum mechanics can somehow explain the para normally supposed and repeatedly experimentally verified to be non existent phenomena of telepathyThere are so many things wrong with this digression I hardly know where to startJosephson did good work and was awarded a Nobel Prize He's wrong about telepathy and all the other pseudo and anti science he's been dabbling with sinceStrogatz argues that the allergic response by the scientific community is a faultHe couldn't be wrongIt's a virtue and an important oneTo use a hyperbolic analogy the likes of which Strogatz seems uite fond of this reaction by the scientific community is indeed analogous to an immune responseIn this case however it is the body of science fighting off the infection of the cancerous mysticismSo reader beware Strogatz has made a huge mistake here

  6. says:

    A great discussion of the all pervasiveness of synchrony born out of non linearities in systems The anecdotes and occasional words of advice made the book all the fun to read This book would be liked by people interested in dynamical systems inter connectedness of apparently disparate scientific fields and having a unified scheme of understanding the universe

  7. says:

    Probably the best book I've read this year So many OMG moments

  8. says:

    So what is this Sync? What is this book about? Good uestion I'm still not sure to be honest Based on the synopsis I was expecting it be in the typical line of complexity theory but I ended up learning about things that I knew very little about including the syncing habits of fire flies and the circadian rhythm of humans I guarantee that this book contains some new information for every reader who is not called Steven H Strogatz The central idea is that the phenomenon of synchrony is a key driver of complex organization It enables animal societies to communicate the brain chemistry to function in harmony etc And there is certainly a lot here to digest some of it very interesting indeed Behind the central idea of sync lies mountains of interesting science across multiple disciplines and across multiple decades For good or ill the book takes a deep dive into deep science sometimes to the point of impenetrable jargon And this also poses a problem for the reader since a lot of the mathematical and physical terminology is very technical and hard to grasp It demands a lot from the reader even though the author does a pretty good job explaining things with down to Earth metaphors I would recommend this book for people are mathematically not just literate but semi advanced At the same time I feel that the connecting tissue between the different phenomena from fruit flies to uantum computers is not uite as strong as the author would like to convince us Some of the bold claims about the relevance of sync for a unified theory of everything do not pan out It feels like a potential network of interesting connections rather than a substantial revelationAlthough I wasn't fully convinced by the author's bold claims and although it sometimes bogs down into an endless cavalcade of scientific studies that seem loosely connected I did enjoy my time with the book for the most part For someone interested in complexity theory and the phenomenon of spontaneous orders I would recommend a few other books including Complexity The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos and Thinking in Systems A Primer over this one However if you are still craving for Sync contains tons and tons of fascinating facts tidbits and suggestions that should interest anyone who is convinced that the natural world contains a hidden order Although it barely scratches the edges of a unified theory of everything and although it ultimately oversells its premise Sync is a bold little exercise in thinking and syncing outside of the box

  9. says:

    Steve Strogatz has gained popularity with his textbook Non linear Dynamics and Chaos I would say that his non academic work Sync The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order is an eually smashing hit Sync explores the idea of how spontaneous synchronization arises in the chaotic turbulent livesnon lives of diverse entities Why do fireflies synchronize their flashing in the dark or how do crickets chirp in unison? Why do we wake up at almost our usual time even after an all nighter? Why do certain fads gain popularity in the market while some die down uickly? Why did the Millennium Bridge start shaking when an unruly group of people stampeded it on inauguration day? These are some of the uestions that Steve Strogatz addresses in this book I was really impressed with this book on so many fronts As a computational science enthusiast this book was a special treat for me Strogatz fills the chapters with narratives where computers are used extensively for modeling various phenomena coupled biological oscillators Josephson junctions sync across social networks chaotic synchronizers The idea of a computer model seems almost banal by now but Strogatz's experiments go way back when they were not so common Strogatz's narration style is very gripping and he generates sufficient suspense through his various experiments before giving the reader the thrill of successful result outcomes The applications covered in the book are diverse synchronous flashing of fireflies the alpha rhythm of the brain the circadian body clock planetary and uantum sync communication security sync across the human network to name a few Since the applications and underlying mathematics is diverse Strogatz handles the basics of each topic before he connects it to a sync problem The descriptions are pretty layman even to the point that not a single euation is provided in the book My only complaint is that the book lacks pictures sometimes where they are necessary At some points I felt a diagram would have relieved the burden of description both on the writer and the reader Strogatz hopes in the epilogue of his book that he's given the reader a sense about how thrilling it is to be a scientist I think he has For starters this book straddles across the boundaries of so many fields giving it a heavily interdisciplinary focus For a problem in any application Strogatz recounts many problems in other fields that exhibit the same behavior He then shows how mathematics serves as the means to describe such problems allowing scientists to then feed these problems to computing engines for visualization and assist them in discovering new theoretical avenues Essentially Strogatz demonstrates how scientists often need to see the unity in disparate problems of diverse fields to express them in a common language and cross apply concepts to get solutions Secondly he focuses for a significant part on his own experiments and collaborations in the area of sync He gets the advantage to narrate the story of his simulation crusades impressing on the reader the enjoyment to be gained through pushing unexplored waters And lastly through the fun he stresses the importance of scientific bravery where no fruitful applications are in sight He's scattered sufficient examples through the narration where seemingly fun experiments for the sake of curiosity lead to crucial applications for mankind

  10. says:

    Wow What a terrific book You would think that heavy tome written my a mathematician would either be an incomprehensible melange of words or a complete bore This was both cogent and fascinatingAlthough published over 15 years ago it still feels fresh despite a few detours about the good old days of running computer simulations on what we now would consider hopelessly outdated hardwareThe premise that order arises in nature from non intelligent sources is a provocative one The youtube video showing spontaneous sync occurring with metronomes illustrates the phenomenon uite well really interesting examples included the wobble of the millennium bridge Asian fireflies blinking together and examples from both astronomy and uantum mechanicsI can't say I grasped the entirety of the message but this was a really fun ride through math physics biology and philosophy I look forward to reading from Strogatz who further endeared me with mundane descriptions of wandering through MIT campus an experience that I could relate to on a surprisingly personal level

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Sync The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order [PDF / EPUB] Sync The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order At the heart of the universe is a steady insistent beat the sound of cycles in sync Along the tidal rivers of Malaysia thousands of fireflies congregate and flash in unison; the moon spins in perfect At the heart of the universe is Emerging Science PDF/EPUB å a steady insistent beat the sound of cycles in sync Along the tidal rivers of Malaysia thousands of fireflies congregate and flash in unison; the moon spins in perfect resonance with its orbit around the earth; our hearts depend on the synchronous firing of ten thousand pacemaker cells While the forces that synchronize the flashing of fireflies may seem to have nothing to do with our heart Sync The PDF or cells there is in fact a deep connection Synchrony is a science in its infancy and Strogatz is a pioneer in this new frontier in which mathematicians and physicists attempt to pinpoint just how spontaneous order emerges from chaos From underground caves in Texas where a French scientist spent six months alone tracking his sleep wake cycle to the home of a Dutch physicist who in discovered two of his pendulum clocks swinging in The Emerging Science Epub Ú perfect time this fascinating book spans disciplines continents and centuries Engagingly written for readers of books such as Chaos and The Elegant Universe Sync is a tour de force of nonfiction writing.

  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Sync The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order
  • Steven H. Strogatz
  • English
  • 13 January 2016
  • 9780786868445

About the Author: Steven H. Strogatz

Steven Strogatz is the Schurman Professor of Emerging Science PDF/EPUB å applied mathematics at Cornell University A renowned teacher and one of the world’s most highly cited mathematicians he has been a freuent guest on National Public Radio’s Radiolab Among his honors are MIT's highest teaching prize membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a lifetime achievement award for communication of math to.