David Ruelle

Chance and Chaos Publication date : March 11, 2010

How can chance be explained? Can a prediction ever be regarded as scientific? What is the role of chaos in history and economics?

Disentangling unpredictability from sheer disorder, David Ruelle analyses the most mysterious as well as the most commonplace aspects of chance. He leaps from quantum mechanics to dice games, from complex algorithms to astrology and the lottery.

• “The author's comprehensive view makes this a particularly impressive work. Indispensable for anyone who wishes to keep abreast of one of the most interesting aspects of contemporary science.” La Recherche

• “Few books of popular science succeed, like the present one, in making their readers feel great joy and the desire to thank the author for providing so much intellectual pleasure.” La Quinzaine Littéraire

David Ruelle is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and a professor of theoretical physics at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, in Bures-sur-Yvette, France. He is internationally renowned for his works on fluid mechanics and chaos theory. He is the author of L'Etrange Beauté des mathématiques (2009).