Order Out of Chaos: Man's New Dialogue with Nature (Flamingo)

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Ilya Prigogine, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1977 for his work on the thermodynamics of non-equilibrium systems, makes his ideas accessible to a wide audience in this book, which has engendered massive debate in Europe and America. He and his colleague, Isabelle Stengers, show how the two great themes of classic science, order and chaos, which coexisted uneasily for centuries, are being reconciled in a new and unexpected synthesis.

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Ilya Prigogine, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1977 for his work on the thermodynamics of nonequilibrium systems, makes his ideas accessible to a wide audience in this astonishing book which has engaged massive debate in Europe and America. He and his colleague Isabelle Stengers show how the two great themes of classical science, order and chaos, which co-existed uneasily for centuries, are being reconciled in a new and unexpected synthesis: 'We know now that nonequilibrium, the flow of matter and energy, may be a source of order. We have a feeling of great intellectual excitement: we begin to have a glimpse of the road that leads from being to becoming.'

'A passionate meditation on Man and Universe'
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'A book filled with flashing insights that subvert many of our most basic assumptions and suggest fresh ways to think about them… brilliant, demanding, dazzling'
- From the Foreword By Alvin Toffler

'An astonishingly ambitious and wide-ranging book which reaches deep not only into physical and chemical theory, but also into the history and philosophy of science'
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