|Seven Life Lessons of Chaos||by John Briggs and
F. David Peat
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The latest book from the authors of Turbulent Mirror
"The best book on chaos yet!"
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While humans have had to deal with chaos since ancient times, only recently has science recognized it as a fundamental force in the universe.
Chaos theory, originally used to understand the movements that create thunderstorms, raging rivers, and hurricanes, is now being applied to everything from medicine to warfare to social dynamics and theories about how organizations form and change. Chaos is evolving from a scientific theory into a cultural metaphor. As a metaphor it allows us to query some of our most cherished assumptions and encourages us to ask fresh questions about reality.
Our modern society has been obsessed with conquering and scientifically controlling the world around us. However, chaotic, nonlinear systems - such as nature, society, and our individual lives - lie beyond all our attempts to predict, manipulate, and control them. Chaos suggests that instead of resisting life's uncertainties, we should embrace the possibilities they offer.
In this groundbreaking new book, John Briggs and F. David Peat unfold seven lessons for embracing chaos in daily life:
If you have ever felt your life was out of control and headed towards chaos, science has an important message: Life is chaos, and that's a very exciting thing.
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Seven Life Lessons of Chaos
Table of Contents:
Before Words: The Metaphor of Chaos Theory
About the Authors:
John Briggs's authored and coauthored books include: Metaphor: The Logic of Poetry, Pace University Press, 1990; Fire in the Crucible, The Alchemy of Creative Genius, St. Martin's Press, 1988; Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos, Simon & Schuster, 1992; Turbulent Mirror, Harper Collins, 1990, and Seven Life Lessons of Chaos, both with David Peat.
Briggs is a CSU Distinguished Professor at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. He recieved his doctorate in Aesthetics from Union Institute. He received his MA in English from NYU, and his BA from Wesleyan University.
He has published fiction and poetry in The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Northwest Review, New Novel Review and other literary magazines. He is Senior Editor for the award-winning literary magazine, Connecticut Review.
He has been a Selectman in his Massachusetts hilltown of Granville and a town police officer.
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The writings, ideas and books of well-known author/physicist F. David Peat
David Peat was born in Liverpool, England and studied at Liverpool University. In the mid-sixties he moved to Canada where he carried out research at Queens University and the National Research Council of Canada.
His interest in fundamental questions in theoretical physics took him to England where he spent a sabbatical year with Roger Penrose and David Bohm. Back in Canada his collaboration with Bohm continued and together they wrote Science, Order and Creativity. In addition to his researches in physics, Peat has been looking into the connection between mind and matter, the way creativity emerges from the body as well as in Jungian psychology.
While in Canada Peat also organized a number of talking circles with Native American Elders and Western Scientists. More recently he has been holding meetings with artists and musicians. All these discussions focus upon the various ways in which we chose to construct the reality around us and organize our society and ourselves. In 1994 Peat moved to Italy and he lives in a mediaeval hill top village in Tuscany.
Many of his interests found their way into Seven Life Lessons of Chaos. With his colleague, John Briggs, Peat had earlier written The Looking Glass Universe, a book that explored the leading edge issues in the new sciences. They then collaborated on Turbulent Mirror, one of the first popular books to explore the new science of Chaos Theory. For their third collaboration John Briggs stayed with Peat in Tuscany and together they walked around the village, and into the surrounding hills, while talking about the new book they would write together. Since the publication of Turbulent Mirror, several other books had appeared on Chaos Theory. Their new book, while explaining the science of chaos, would be more about the way these ideas and metaphors impact our lives and the lessons we can learn from them. The book asks how we can live more authentically within society; how we can relate more fully to the natural world and explore the creative potential within each one of us. The essence of the book lies in its exploration of interconnectedness and the new freedoms we can explore in the holistic world of chaos.
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