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- KurzbeschreibungIt has been suggested that the big questions of science are answered &8211; that science has entered a &8220;twilight age&8221; where all the important knowledge is known and only the details need mopping up. And yet, the unprecedented progress in science and technology in the twentieth century has raised qu- tions that weren&8217;t conceived of a century ago. This book argues that, far from being nearlycomplete, the storyof sciencehas many morechapters,yet unwritten. With the perspective of the century&8217;s advance, it&8217;s as if we have climbed a mountain and can see just how much broader the story is. Instead of asking how an apple falls from a tree, as Isaac Newton did in the17thcentury,wecannowask:Whatisthefundamentalnatureofanapple (matter)? How does an apple (biological organism) form and grow? Whence came the breeze that blew it loose (meteorology)? What in a physical sense (synaptic ?rings) was the idea that Newton had, and how did it form? A new approach to science that can answer such questions has sprung up in the past 30 years. This approach &8211; known as nonlinear science&8211;ismore than a new ?eld. Put simply, it is the recognition that throughout nature, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Unexpected things happen.
- AutorAlwyn C. Scott
- SerieThe Frontiers Collection
- FormatGebundene Ausgabe
- Seiten364 Seiten
- Gewicht764 g
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