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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger White Narrator: Edwin Newma Publisher: Knowledge Products Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Science and Discovery Series Release Date:
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Newtonian physics described a regular, clocklike world of forces and reaction; randomness was equated with incomplete knowledge. But scientists in the late twentieth century have found patterns in things formerly thought to be “chaotic”; their theories help explain the unstable, irregular, yet highly structured features of everyday experience. It now seems likely that randomness and chaos play an essential role in the evolution of the living world—and in intelligence itself.

The Science and Discovery Series recreates one of history’s most successful journeys—four thousand years of scientific efforts to better understand and control the physical world. Science has often challenged and upset conventional wisdom or accepted practices; this is a story of vested interests and independent thinkers, experiments and theories, change and progress. Aristotle, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein, and many others are featured.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by D. | 4/5/2012

    " Opened a whole new view of the world. Love the concepts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by George | 5/31/2011

    " I have been exploring the nature of Chaos theory for some time. Perhaps the whole idea about randomness may be an illusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brent | 7/13/2008

    " A good introduction to complexity science, but written in a first-person perspective, which I tended to find annoying at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Edd Franz | 9/19/2007

    " Excellent introduction to the science of complexity. "

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About the Narrator

Edwin Newman, narrator of the Science and Discovery series, is a celebrated journalist, author, and lecturer. He was for thirty-five years a television journalist for NBC News, and he’s familiar to millions as a moderator of presidential debates. Mr. Newman tells the story of science and discovery in his distinctively clear and direct style.