In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action
Cobden Press (2013)
Reviewed by Susan Violante
for Reader Views (8/13)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action’ by L.K. Samuels on Blogcritics.
I decided to pick up “In Defense Of Chaos” by L.K. Samuels because, as a Political Science BA, I have never been convinced in the linear model when it came to Society’s structure (Politics, Economy…etc), but I couldn’t really explain why. Since I watched the movie “Jurassic Park” back in the nineties I became obsessed with “Chaos Theory,” but found it very difficult to understand. I have tried through the years, when given the opportunity, to grasp this Theory in my brain whether reading about it or just listening to discussions. So I was very excited to receive this book, and must say that I was not disappointed.
Samuels begins his book by explaining what Chaos is by exposing its history from the beginning. He defines Chaos by comparing it with its opposite, which painted a comprehensive and simple definition in my mind. As Samuels moves the reader through time to show Chaos Theory’s evolution as a science, he also applies Chaos to different sciences providing the non-savvy reader with examples on Chaos Theory’s different applications. This helped me understand Chaos in different contexts, from physics to Socio-Economics.
I really enjoyed exploring Chaos through Samuel’s writing style. I found his mentions of movies alongside science geniuses of the likes of Hawkins not just entertaining but enlightening, as I realized how Chaos science can apply to any context. My knowledge of Chaos before reading this book was even more limited but, as I checked his indexes for each chapter, I admired his writing style even more as he truly translated numerous complicated theories into an understandable compressed language for us regular readers who are eager to learn about Chaos, but most likely find difficult to comprehend the scientific papers and textbooks as members of other professional fields.
But most of all I found Samuels’ discussions fascinating on how Chaology applies to human nature, “Order is organic, it can’t just be ordered up ….And yet, discovering and managing order is essential…” This will resonate with me forever; as I have realized that people will always be prompt to cooperate on free will until cooperation is demanded of them. I can go on and on about all the interesting concepts I explored in this book but I can’t give it away and ruin it for you all. You will just have to check out the book!
I highly recommend “In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action” by L.K. Samuels to all inquisitive minds who enjoy thought-provoking, fascinating theories. Samuels, well done! Definitely a book that will stay in my personal library to be re-visited.