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April 19, There are already two great popular science books on chaos. The follow-up book, The Collapse of Chaos by Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart goes beyond chaos theory to take in complexity, simplicity and the impact on the real world. John Gribbin, I think, was lured by the siren song of chaos.
There are a few insights here, especially on the overlap between chaos, complexity and the formation of life — as many others have pointed out, DNA is much more a recipe than a blueprint, and the wonder of complexity is the way a very simple set of repeated instructions can result in a complex formation. And frustration is what readers may well end up with. Stick with the classics. Using these links earns us commission at no cost to you. Post a comment. May 15, Her new book, co-authored with Roger Highfield, is The Dance of Life: symmetry, cells and how we become human.
Why science? I fell in love with biology when I was a child because I loved doing experiments and seeing what happened. It was fascinating and enormous fun. I also fell in love with art at the same time. Art and science are both based on experiments and uncovering new paths to understand the world and ourselves. Why do we think the way we think? Where do our feelings come from? Is the 'right' answer always right?
Where do we come from? How do parts of our body communicate with each other? What is the nature of ti…. Read more. May 06, There is without doubt a fascination for all of us - even those who can find biology a touch tedious - with the way that a tiny cellular blob develops into the hugely complex thing that is a living organism, especially a human.
In this unusual book which I can only describe as a memoir of science, Magalena Zernicka-Goetz, assisted by the Science Museum's Roger Highfield, tells the story of her own career and discoveries. At the heart of the book, and Zernicka-Goetz's work, is symmetry breaking, a topic very familiar to readers of popular physics titles, but perhaps less so in popular biology.
The first real breakthrough from her lab was the discovery of the way that a mouse egg's first division was already asymmetrical - the two new cells were not identical, not equally likely to become embryo and support structure as had always been thought.
As the book progresses, throughout the process of development we see how different symmetries are broken, with a particular focus on…. Meera Senthilingam - Four Way Interview. May 09, She is a journalist, author and public health researcher and has worked with multiple media outlets, such as the BBC, as well as academic institutions, including the LSHTM and Wellcome Trust. She has Masters Degrees in Science Communication and the Control of Infectious Diseases and her interests lie in communicating global health issues to the general public through journalism and working with global health programmes.
Her academic research to date has focused on tuberculosis, particularly the burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis and insights into the attitudes and behaviours of the people most affected.
Her new book is Outbreaks and Epidemics: battling infection from measles to coronavirus. I have always found science fascinating and have always had a strong passion for it. My friends in high school used to find it amusing to introduce me to people….
Review of “Deep Simplicity”
Look Inside. Over the past two decades, no field of scientific inquiry has had a more striking impact across a wide array of disciplines—from biology to physics, computing to meteorology—than that known as chaos and complexity, the study of complex systems. Now astrophysicist John Gribbin draws on his expertise to explore, in prose that communicates not only the wonder but the substance of cutting-edge science, the principles behind chaos and complexity. He reveals the remarkable ways these two revolutionary theories have been applied over the last twenty years to explain all sorts of phenomena—from weather patterns to mass extinctions.
Deep Simplicity : Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity
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