James Gleick Quote

The basic idea of Western science is that you don't have to take into account the falling of a leaf on some planet in another galaxy when you're trying to account for the motion of a billiard ball on a pool table on earth. Very small influences can be neglected. There's a convergence in the way things work, and arbitrarily small influences don't blow up to have arbitrarily large effects.


Chaos: Making a New Science (ed. Viking Press, 1987)

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The basic idea of Western science is that you don't have to take into account the falling of a leaf on some planet in another galaxy when you're...

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The basic idea of Western science is that you don't have to take into account the falling of a leaf on some planet in another galaxy when you're...

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The basic idea of Western science is that you don't have to take into account the falling of a leaf on some planet in another galaxy when you're...

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The basic idea of Western science is that you don't have to take into account the falling of a leaf on some planet in another galaxy when you're...