# JOHN GRIBBIN DEEP SIMPLICITY PDF

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## Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity

These entities are said to be on the edge of chaos and is the basis of most physical systems existing on earth. The novel concept brought home in the book is the application of this deceptively simple construct to the as yet unfathomable issue of emergence of life on this planet. Gribbin has put forward a fairly consistent argument on this issue and is a good starting point for further study.

Science broke free of the shackles of organized religion in the 17th century. The human intellect was thus freed to explore the wide world, which it promptly did.

When at last the overarching fetters of religion were finally removed, science progressed along the path of determinism, in order to deny any role for a supernatural force to dictate terms in scientific theories. Laplace crowned the deterministic faction by boldly claiming that if you know the laws of interaction between all particles and their exact initial states, you will be able to predict all the future states of the system quite faithfully.

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But as science extended its knowledge from the basics to the subtle, its limitations were soon exposed in painful detail. Even gravity was a problem when the number of interacting bodies increased. Consider the case of the solar system then, and we may feel butterflies in our stomach when we learn that nobody has been able to prove that the solar system is stable in the long run!

This system is said to be chaotic, not in the literary sense, but as a very complex system that runs on simple principles, but made impossibly difficult to predict by positive feedback. But obviously, this example is highly exaggerated. Readers are in for a surprise to know that self-organized complex systems cover everything from climate systems, astronomical objects, the biological kingdoms and even the collapse of a sand pile.

Each illustration given in the book is followed by graphical representations and very informative text.

The fundamental characteristic of all these systems is that they are not linear. Here, a power law is involved, as the output is proportional to some power of the input.

Hope everyone remembers their school math! The power of a number means the number multiplied that many times with itself. The secret behind eliciting a large response from a small stimulus is this power relation. Add to that the interaction among individuals.

You get a complex system teetering on the edge of chaos. Several charts and illustrative diagrams are squeezed into the text, but they lack clarity and visual appeal. Mathematics breaks down when the systems move from simple shapes or manipulations to complex objects and repetitive interactions begin on a large scale. Future states of such systems can Noted science writer, John Gribbin, is on to a little known aspect of science related to chaos theory and self-organized complexity that is the basis of life and other complex systems.

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Future states of such systems cannot be predicted in advance, as a slight change in the initial conditions would deviate the system through a wide margin from the original. These entities are said to be on the edge of chaos and is the basis of most physical systems existing on earth.

The novel concept brought home in the book is the application of this deceptively simple construct to the as yet unfathomable issue of emergence of life on this planet.

Gribbin has put forward a fairly consistent argument on this issue and is a good starting point for further study. Science broke free of the shackles of organized religion in the 17th century.

The human intellect was thus freed to explore the wide world, which it promptly did. When at last the overarching fetters of religion were finally removed, science progressed along the path of determinism, in order to deny any role for a supernatural force to dictate terms in scientific theories.

## Deep Simplicity Chaos, Complexity and the Emergence of Life

Laplace crowned the deterministic faction by boldly claiming that if you know the laws of interaction between all particles and their exact initial states, you will be able to predict all the future states of the system quite faithfully. But as science extended its knowledge from the basics to the subtle, its limitations were soon exposed in painful detail.

Even gravity was a problem when the number of interacting bodies increased. Consider the case of the solar system then, and we may feel butterflies in our stomach when we learn that nobody has been able to prove that the solar system is stable in the long run! This system is said to be chaotic, not in the literary sense, but as a very complex system that runs on simple principles, but made impossibly difficult to predict by positive feedback.

But obviously, this example is highly exaggerated.

Readers are in for a surprise to know that self-organized complex systems cover everything from climate systems, astronomical objects, the biological kingdoms and even the collapse of a sand pile.

Each illustration given in the book is followed by graphical representations and very informative text.

## John Gribbin

The fundamental characteristic of all these systems is that they are not linear. Here, a power law is involved, as the output is proportional to some power of the input. Hope everyone remembers their school math! The power of a number means the number multiplied that many times with itself. The secret behind eliciting a large response from a small stimulus is this power relation.Several charts and illustrative diagrams are squeezed into the text, but they lack clarity and visual appeal.

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Gribbin has put forward a fairly consistent argument on this issue and is a good starting point for further study. When at last the overarching fetters of religion were finally removed, science progressed along the path of determinism, in order to deny any role for a supernatural force to dictate terms in scientific theories.

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However, to do justice to Gribbin, any book on chaos and self-organized complexity is marred by this same disadvantage.

As a sequel to the above, it is to be noted that the book literally overflows with text that fails to carry conviction. Even gravity was a problem when the number of interacting bodies increased.

These entities are said to be on the edge of chaos and is the basis of most physical systems existing on earth. The human intellect was thus freed to explore the wide world, which it promptly did.

Consequently he advises the readers through foot notes to refer to his various books, if they want to clarify a point under discussion.