• by James Gleick
  • Narrated by Rob Shapiro
  • 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

James Gleick explains the theories behind the fascinating new science called chaos. Alongside relativity and quantum mechanics, it is being hailed as the 20th century's third revolution.


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Customer Reviews

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Perfect Listening Experience (for a walker)

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of how Chaos developed as a science. Gleick writes lucidly about the set of characters who contributed to making Chaos Theory what it is today; from man trying to control the weather to dynamic biological systems... I have an interest in discarded sciences and the power structure of knowledge development, which was the reason I bought 'Chaos: Making a New Science'.

This book is an interesting and easy to follow account of how science as a field works - how hard it can be to have new radical ideas accepted and how bad communication can be between the sciences. A problem which is still very present today.

There a very romantic element to this chronological walkthrough of chaos, Gleick presents to us. We hear how Chaos was received with hostility, how certain eccentrics were working with it alienated from society and how it took around half a century before it found its way into the mainstream of science. It made me wonder how many unacknowledged 'chaos theories' we have floating around at the moment.

If you're looking to get to know the actual science of Chaos and already have some knowledge about mathematics, physics and biology, you're probably better off finding some hard literature - that is not the aim of this book. This book is about the history of a science.

What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?

Shapiro narrates really well. He has a pleasant voice and makes just the right amount and length of pauses when needed. He manages to maintain my attention. I didn't drift off as I sometimes do with other audiobooks.

Any additional comments?

I mostly walk and listen to books. Some books are too heavy on facts for this way of experiencing, since they require you to take notes in order to keep up with what is being said. This book had a clear story line which made it easy to follow even though some theory is mentioned every once in a while.

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- Kris

Riveting, but requires full attention

This one had me reading around the subject afterwards. A good listen, but quite demanding on the attention. I think I'd have preferred to read it.
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- jeremy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio