Strange Attractors

Strange Attractors

Charles Soule Dan Duncan / Jul 20, 2019

Strange Attractors The City is an Engine Heller Wilson has found the key From acclaimed writer Charles Soule Strongman Swamp Thing comes a mathematical thriller about Chaos Probability and the race to stop a city

  • Title: Strange Attractors
  • Author: Charles Soule Dan Duncan
  • ISBN: 9781936393626
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The City is an Engine Heller Wilson has found the key From acclaimed writer Charles Soule 27, Strongman, Swamp Thing comes a mathematical thriller about Chaos, Probability, and the race to stop a citywide disaster In 1978, Dr Spencer Brownfield saved New York City from itself, bringing the city back from the verge of collapse and ruin And for thirty years, his smallThe City is an Engine Heller Wilson has found the key From acclaimed writer Charles Soule 27, Strongman, Swamp Thing comes a mathematical thriller about Chaos, Probability, and the race to stop a citywide disaster In 1978, Dr Spencer Brownfield saved New York City from itself, bringing the city back from the verge of collapse and ruin And for thirty years, his small, unnoticed adjustments to the city s systems have kept the city afloat Or so he claims to Heller Wilson, a young graduate student that Dr Brownfield has chosen as his successor But are Dr Brownfield s claims about The Butterfly Effect and how his complexity math apply to the city s patterns of life real, or are they the ravings of a man broken by the death of his wife and daughter, desperate to find some kind of control over the world around him Part sci fi, part philosophical exploration, part thriller, STRANGE ATTRACTORS examines what you can control in your life and what you can t, and how important it is to recognize the difference.

    Attractor In the mathematical field of dynamical systems, an attractor is a set of numerical values toward which a system tends to evolve, for a wide variety of starting conditions of the system System values that get close enough to the attractor values remain close even if slightly disturbed In finite dimensional systems, the evolving variable may be represented algebraically as an n dimensional vector. Strange Attractors Poems of Love and Mathematics Sarah Strange Attractors is a collection of approximately poems with strong links to mathematics in content, form, or imagery The common theme is love, and the editors draw from its various manifestations romantic love, spiritual love, humorous love, love between parents and children, mathematicians in love, love of mathematics. Use VEX and Solvers in Houdini to Create Strange Attractors What exactly are Strange Attractors They can be a mathematical equation or fractal set that represents a complex behavior pattern out of a chaotic system. Turbulence, Strange Attractors and Chaos World Scientific Buy Turbulence, Strange Attractors and Chaos World Scientific Series on Nonlinear Science Series a English and French Edition on FREE SHIPPING on qualified orders Chaos theory Chaos theory is a branch of mathematics focusing on the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions Chaos is an interdisciplinary theory stating that within the apparent randomness of chaotic complex systems, there are underlying patterns, constant feedback loops, repetition, self similarity, fractals, self organization, and reliance on programming at the Attractor from Wolfram MathWorld An attractor is a set of states points in the phase space , invariant under the dynamics, towards which neighboring states in a given basin of attraction asymptotically approach in the course of dynamic evolution An attractor is defined as the smallest unit which cannot be itself decomposed into two or attractors with distinct basins of attraction. WHAT IS a Strange Attractor a Strange Attractor David Ruelle NOTICES OF THE AMS VOLUME , NUMBER Your computer will readily implement the map f sending the point u,v R to the point v au,bu R, where a d b . Ask your computer to plot the points xn fn , , and you will find that they accumulate, for n , on a convoluted fractal set A known as the Hnon the works of justin edmund Chaos theory is an idea that many people are familiar with, but few truly understand Strange Attractors attempts to explain the relationship between chaos and order in a visual way, and help readers appreciate the inherent beauty of chaos. Law and Disorder the New Science of Chaos The philosophic implications of the new chaos theories and the basic laws of fractals and chaos attractors Programs from ABC Arts Watch Art and Culture collide on ABC iview Arts channel Carefully curated feature films, web series, documentaries and cult material from the archives.

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    1. Stay awake in Math class and save New York City!This one’s all about the Math, kids, but before you dismiss it by saying, “Jeff, I have absolutely no use for all that is fractal and you can take your differential equation and.”I’ll say this is actually quite good, Goodreader and what’s with the hostility? New York City’s in big trouble and according to a “crackpot” ex-Math professor, it will take a series of seemingly random adjustments to avert disaster.Scary graph, no?It’s al [...]

    2. A man saves New York City with maths. How awesome does that sound? Don’t bother reading this review - find it and read it now! It’s outstanding, I promise! Heller Wilson’s writing his PhD thesis and decides to use the theories of disgraced mathematician, Dr Spencer Brownfield, which throws his chances of getting a doctorate out the window. But the more he learns of Brownfield’s ideas, the more he realises how brilliant he is. Using the same principle as the Butterfly Effect (a butterfly [...]

    3. This is certainly an unusual idea. An aging, lonely mathematician (Dr. Spencer Brownfield) has devoted his life to continually saving New York City. What can one man do? Plenty, if he can apply chaos theory properly. According to him, he can use the butterfly effect to do small things that will eventually work huge changes. And the city is due for a major adjustment.Just on the idea level, this was fascinating to me. Granted, I'm no mathematician, and what I know about chaos theory (complexity t [...]

    4. There is something particularly disheartening about a science fiction story that takes a novel idea and fails to exploit it in service of a compelling story. Strange Attractors certainly has a novel premise – that cities are complex mathematical systems that require constant correction in order to prevent cataclysmic collapse brought about by increased chaos – but author Charles Soule can't seem to make his characters feel like real humans living out a real crisis. The personalities fall fla [...]

    5. A story about maths and cities that starts very strongly and creepily then gradually lets its momentum ebb away. The central problem - is the reclusive maths genius right, and if he is, is he hero or monster? - is what sustains interest. Once we start getting definitive answers to the first part interest starts to flag, and once the second part is swept under the carpet for a "hymn to this great city" style conclusion the series crumbles. Backup strip "Antithesis" mixes things up by showing the [...]

    6. When I requested a galley copy of Strange Attractors (thank you, NetGalley and Diamond), I had two motives: I wanted to read a fun story, and I wanted to check out the work of the man who will be picking up writing duties on Swamp Thing and Red Lanterns, two comics I enjoy. I'm very happy on both accounts! The intricate maps on the first few pages sucked me in almost immediately, and I devoured the book in record time. I absolutely love stories with a strong sense of place, and Soule's version o [...]

    7. Mathematics graduate student Heller Wilson is drawn to elderly, disgraced college professor Dr. Spencer Brownfield regarding his mathematical theories of 30 years past. Brownfield has been "adjusting" New York City in small acts to keep the city from cataclysm. Alright, alright. That sounds super interesting. And it was until the beginning of the second act. Apparently mathematics, or Brownfield's paper entitled Modeling and Manipulation of Discrete, Multiple-Attractor Systems, or as Heller desc [...]

    8. Heard about it on one of the best of 2013 Talking Comics podcasts talkingcomicbooks/2014/01/ . Sounded like a cool concept. Apparently the author is a big marvel guy now.WRAP UP:Good story. A little short (silent panels!) and expensive. I don't want to give it away. It's heavily into probability, New York City, and some music. I'd recommend a paperback version if one ever came out. It's a cool raised cover though.

    9. Would you risk your entire career for the chance to save a city? If the only proof you have that your efforts will have impact is the rantings of an old man, seemingly coherent, and 35 years out of work?In ‘Strange Attractors’, this is the situation faced by undergraduate Heller Wilson when he bases his thesis on 35 year old theories by Dr Spencer Brown. Reclusive Brown is a self proclaimed custodian of New York City, making minor and major adjustments to keep the big apple from decaying and [...]

    10. I went into this with no idea what I was going to read, and found myself completely blown away. The story explores complexity theory as a way to affect events (indirectly), and uses that as a basis for an exploration of the life and mood of a city (in this case New York). And the way it plays out, while in some ways predictable, still managed to catch me off guard, and even bring a smile to my face, as what Dirk Gently would call the 'fundamental interconnectedness of all things' is explored in [...]

    11. Saving New York City one seemingly random act at a time!Archaia Entertainment has definitely caught my attention! They've produced some of our staff’s favorite graphic novels of the last few years including The Return of the Dapper Men, Tumor, Cursed Pirate Girl and Sharaz-De and they haven’t missed with Charles Soule’s intense science fiction story about mathematics and fate. Is it really possible that minor corrections can keep The Big Apple in balance? The story is only intensified by t [...]

    12. Charles Soule has a particular mode to approach storytelling, it starts with an excellent premise, dwells around its constrains, and when you think he'll push deeper the mystery explanation, is when he resurfaces making it all sound simpler, regular, as nothing really dramatic occurred. It was like that with the recent series "Letter 44" (2014), and it was with this "Strange Attractors" (2013). In the end, an interesting read, able to rise big expectations, but for which the author don't expect [...]

    13. Knocked a star off because I could guess a couple of the beats before they happened (not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but a few of them were cliché) and because I never really got a sense of the impending doom.Otherwise, great story, great idea. I often find myself thinking about how one single, insignificant thing can affect our daily lives, so this book really hit my sweet spot.Also, Charles Soule signed this, "Stay complicated Kelsey," after I told him I would try to contain my disap [...]

    14. E=NYC Squared New York City. The City That Never Sleeps. What if the key to understanding how such a complex microcosm works is based on a simple equation? If such a formula existed, could the Capital of the World be saved from itself in times of trouble and tragedy? According to disgraced professor Spencer Brownfield, the answer is yes! Not only could New York be rescued from imminent threats with a slide rule and a calculator, it’s been done by before by Professor Brownfield. Or so he claims [...]

    15. Saving New York City with the power of math is a winning concept. And though the actual math is glossed over to the point that it practically becomes magic, that's okay, because the story is really about the magic of people looking out for each other and trying their best to make the world a little bit better every day. I disengaged my critical eye and let myself get swept up in the story.

    16. What a terrific concept for a story. While I admit to being a bit lost by the 'math' behind the ideas, the overall concept was fascinating. I especially enjoyed the followup chapter at the very end. Perfect.

    17. Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Net Galley.In Strange Attractors, Heller Wilson is a grad student studying complexity theory, a branch of mathematics devoted to the study of complex systems. He’s a career-minded guy, and is currently working on a thesis topic suggested by his advisor and designed specifically to get him hired at a high-paying job after graduation. Problem is, he’s struggling with the topic – comparing the resiliency of New York City after 9 [...]

    18. This and all of my reviews can be found at: chicksgetlit/A city like NYC cannot just run itself. Its big. There are too many forces playing against each other. Sure, it's beautiful and glorious. You can find just about anything you want or need there. There's also a lot of the negative there. Poverty, crime, the dark and dirty side of humanity is all there waiting to explode and kill the city. Dr. Spencer Brownfield know this all too well, he's been saving the city from ruin for decades. To watc [...]

    19. A three part story of one mans unending love affair with saving NYC from itself using nothing more than a bit of good old chaos theory. Explores how seemingly unconnected events, however minuscule, are connected in myriad, often easily overlooked, ways, and the ripple effect these events can cause.A times this story is downright beautiful, the complexity maps are gorgeous and clearly an immense amount of hard work and love was poured into creating them. All credit goes to Robert Saywitz for his [...]

    20. I really enjoyed this graphic novel, even though I’m no mathematician and have never heard of “complexity theory” (though I have heard about chaos theory!) The world created by the author is one where the greatest city in the world is constantly teetering on the brink of disaster and only an old math professor knows how to fix it – by doing things like putting ice cream cones on the lawn of central park and moving news stands around so that nothing is ever in the same place. The story wa [...]

    21. An entire field of mathematics has been diluted into a single easy to understand concept which doesn't really cover the true complexity inherent: When a butterfly flaps its wings, a storm is born across the world.Now this is complexity theory, but Soule tells us it's bigger than we think. As you accompany the adventures of Dr Brownfield and his apprentice Heller, you realize you've been digging through the entrails of the true protagonist: New York City herself.In this passing of the torch tale, [...]

    22. Actual rating: 4.5This is Sci-fi done right, for any medium -though it's probably best it was done as a graphic novel. Dr. Brownfield has one goal in life: to use math to save New York City from itself. Every day a large number of acts are carried out and most people would assume they are random or insignificant but Dr. Brownfield knows better on both counts. He spends 30 years of his life making small adjustments all over the city in an effort to right small wrongs or prevent them entirely but [...]

    23. Why do some cities seem to be more resilient than others? Is there a pattern to the chaos that can be used to divert events?A grad student is asked to join an ex-professor in complexity theory. These theories may just be necessary to save New York City. By doing things like moving newspaper boxes, or buying out an ice cream truck, there may be a way to control events, or at least lessen them. The student is drawn in further and further, and as events seem to spiral out of control, doubts are rai [...]

    24. This graphic novel teaches a bit about complexity theory which deserves a 5 star from anyone who loves math. In addition the graphics are outstanding and render the ideas easier to grip for those of a visual learning nature. The story is fun and although it doesn't make you feel tremendously stressed about how it will end, you do feel drawn in and a piece of the story. The author clearly loves his New York City home and this story captures the beauty and complexity of the city. Certainly worth a [...]

    25. This reminded me a little bit of the movie Pi and the Watchmen graphic novel. I think the mathematics behind the entire story could have been expanded upon, and in a more clever way. But all in all, this was a pretty good book that made you think about the unseen systems in place in our everyday lives that may seem small, but effect us nonetheless. It was fun to think about. Plus, it was good to read a story that even attempted content like this. You will never read something like this from DC, [...]

    26. Neat concept, and decent exploration of it, but it could have been better written. A Neal Stephenson version would have been way better. I liked the complexity notebook illustrations and the fold out page effect.Related: I don't get people who somehow think NYC is the only city with layers and complexity. It's roll-your-eyes myopic. Tokyo makes NYC look like a cow town. Sao Paulo or some city in China could well have more complexity. How would someone who's only lived in one place for "almost si [...]

    27. This graphic novel sets forth a really interesting idea, pretty well implemented, about what one physicist with creativity and stability can—and must—do to save New York city from spiraling into chaos and destruction. On a regular basis. The art breaks down in places to a much lower quality, which is somewhat disconcerting. It's a five-issue story that ends maybe a little too patly, but it's definitely worth reading, and I'll read more of Soule's work.

    28. This book is very different from anything I would have picked out for myself, but it was quite fun. I love the embossed cover and the complexity maps were amazing. I wonder how much mathematical theory could support a story like this. I sure hope someone is looking out for this city if any of this could be true!

    29. A neat, lovely little story, but seemingly missing quite a bit. The bones are there, and the art is beautiful, but it felt as if half of the middle and denouement had been extracted. It took me approximately 90 minutes to read cover to cover.But, you know, fans of cities and New York especially will find this a nice diversion for a little while. And I hope to read more Soule on cities.

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