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Order out of chaos : man's new dialogue with nature

Order out of chaos : man's new dialogue with nature

Author: I Prigogine; Isabelle Stengers
Publisher: Toronto ; New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, 1984.
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A pioneering book that shows how the two great themes of classic science, order and chaos, are being reconciled in a new and unexpected synthesis.


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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Prigogine, I. (Ilya).
Order out of chaos.
Toronto ; New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, 1984
Online version:
Prigogine, I. (Ilya).
Order out of chaos.
Toronto ; New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, 1984
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: I Prigogine; Isabelle Stengers
ISBN: 0553340824 9780553340822 1786631008 9781786631008 0553343637 9780553343632
OCLC Number: 10146336
Notes: Based on the authors' La nouvelle alliance.
Description: xxxi, 349 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Alvin Toffer / Science and change. Man's new dialogue with nature. The challenge to science. Book one: the delusion of the universal. Chapter 1: the triumph of reason. --
The new Moses --
A dehumanized world --
The Newtonian synthesis --
The experimental dialog --
The myth at the origin of science --
The limits of classical science. The identification of the real. Newton's laws. --
Motion and change --
The language of dynamics --
Laplace's demon. The two cultures. --
Diderot and the discourse of living --
Kant's critical ratification --
A philosophy of nature? Hegel and Bergson --
Process and reality: whitehead --
"Ignoramus, ignoramibus": the positivist's strain --
A new start. The science of complexity --
Energy and the industrial age --
Heat, the rival of gravitation --
The principle of the conservation of energy --
Heat engines and the arrow of time --
From technology to cosmology --
The birth of entropy --
Boltzmann's Order Principle --
Carnot and Darwin. The three stages of thermodynamics. --
Flux and force --
Linear thermodynamics --
Far from equilibrium --
Beyond the threshold of chemical instability --
The encounter with moleular biology --
Bifurcations and symmetry-breaking --
Cascading bifurcations and the transitions to chaos --
From Euclid to Aristotle. Order through fluctuations. --
Fluctuations and chemistry --
Fluctuations and corralations --
The amplifications of fluctuations --
Structural stability --
Logistic evolution --
Evolutionary feedback --
Modelizatitons of complexity --
An open world. From being to becoming. Rediscovering time. --
A change of emphasis --
The end of universality --
The rise of quantum mechanics --
Heisenburg's uncertainty relation --
The temporal evolution of quantum systems --
A nonequilibrium universe --
The clash of doctrines. --
Probability and irreversibility --
Boltzmann's breakthrough --
Questioning Boltzmann's interpretation.
Responsibility: Ilya Prigogine and Isabelle Stengers ; foreword by Alvin Toffler.


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"A passionate meditation on Man and Universe." Italo Calvino

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