Chaos: Making a New Science

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Chaos: Making a New Science
Chaos Gleick OReB.jpg
Mandelbrot set on cover of ebook edition
Author James Gleick
Language English
Genre Popular science
Publisher Vintage
Publication date
Media type Print (book)
Pages 400
ISBN 0-7493-8606-1
OCLC 59649776
LC Class Q172.5.C45 G54 1987
Followed by Nature's Chaos

Chaos: Making A New Science is the best-selling book by James Gleick that first introduced the principles and early development of chaos theory to the public.[1] It was a finalist for the National Book Award[2] and the Pulitzer Prize[3] in 1987, and was shortlisted for the Science Book Prize in 1989.[4]

The first popular book about chaos theory, it describes the Mandelbrot set, Julia sets, and Lorenz attractors without resorting to complex mathematics. It portrays the efforts of dozens of scientists whose separate work contributed to the developing field. It remains in print and is used as an introduction to the topic for the mathematical layman. An enhanced ebook edition was released by Open Road Media in 2011 adding embedded video and hyperlinked notes.[5]


  1. ^ "Chaos Theory: A Brief Introduction". 
  2. ^ Gleick, James. "National Book Awards - 1987". Chaos: Making a New Science. National Book Foundation. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Gleick, James. "1988 Finalists". Chaos:Making a new Science. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Gleick, James. "Royal Society Prize for Science Books. Shortlisted Entries". Chaos. The Royal Society. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Maynard, Andrew. "James Gleick’s Chaos – the enhanced edition". Review. 2020 Science. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 

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