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A Philosophical Analysis of Chaos Theory


Part of the New Directions in the Philosophy of Science book series (NDPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Lena C. Zuchowski
    Pages 1-4
  3. Lena C. Zuchowski
    Pages 5-36
  4. Lena C. Zuchowski
    Pages 37-80
  5. Lena C. Zuchowski
    Pages 81-126
  6. Lena C. Zuchowski
    Pages 127-132
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 133-138

About this book


This book provides an analysis of the construction, diagnosis (as chaotic) and evaluation of models in chaos theory. It contains a detailed look at the interaction of the different models used in chaos theory and analyses how these models influence the way chaos is defined. Furthermore, the book discusses the conditions for the occurrence of chaos and the detection of chaos in nature.  


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Fachbereich PhilosophieUniversität SalzburgSalzburgAustria

About the authors

Lena Zuchowski is Assistant Professor in Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Salzburg, Austria.

Bibliographic information


“The author discusses basic issues in the emergent chaos theory that, in a few decades, had enormous impact in science and philosophy. The book is a smooth introduction to the basic concepts of chaos theory … . This book is a valuable contribution to the discussions about the philosophy of chaos theory.” (Ubiratan D'Ambrosio, zbMATH 1387.00016, 2018)

“I did find the book interesting to read. In particular, I found it interesting that mathematical modeling and numerical approximation play an important role in the author's philosophical considerations of chaos theory. … I still find the book to be largely readable and the writing to be clear and accessible.” (Jason M. Graham, Mathematical Reviews, March, 2019)