978-0-553-34082-2 / 9780553340822

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


Publisher:Bantam New Age Books



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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER. SUB-TITLE: Man's New Dialogue with Nature. FOREWORD BY: Alvin Toffler. CONTENTS: Foreword: Science and Change by Alvin Toffler; Preface: Man's New Dialogue with Nature; Introduction: The Challenge to Science; BOOK ONE: THE DELUSION OF THE UNIVERSAL Chapter I: The Triumph of Reason; Chapter II: The Identification of the Real; Chapter III: The Two Cultures; BOOK TWO: THE SCIENCE OF COMPLEXITY Chapter IV: Energy and the Industrial Age; Chapter V: The Three Stages of Thermodynamics; Chapter VI: Order Through Fluctuations; BOOK THREE: FROM BEING TO BECOMING Chapter VII: Rediscovering Time; Chapter VIII: The Clash of Doctrines; Chapter IX: Irreversibility-the Entropy Barrier; Conclusions: from Earth to Heaven-the Reenchantment of Nature; Notes; Index. EXCERPT: "One of the most highly developed skills in contemporary Western civilization is dissection: the split-up of problems into their smallest possible components. We are good at it. So good, we often forget to put the pieces back together again. "Ilya Prigogine, who won the Nobel Prize in 1977, is not satisfied, however, with merely taking things apart. He has spent the better part of a lifetime trying to 'put the pieces together again' - the pieces in this case being biology and physics, necessity and chance, science and humanity. "In Order Out of Chaos Ilya Prigogine and his colleague Isabelle Stengers have given us a landmark - a work that is contentious and mind-energizing, a book filled with flashing insights that subvert many of our most basic assumptions and suggest fresh ways to think about them. "Order Out of Chaos is a brilliant, demanding, dazzling book - challenging for all and richly rewarding for the attentive reader. It is a book to study, to savor, to reread - and to question yet again. It projects science into today's revolutionary world of instability, disequilibrium, and turbulence. In so doing, it serves the highest creative function...

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