Michael Strevens, Bigger than chaos. Understanding complexity through probability, Harvard University Press, 2003, pp. xvi+413.
I review and critically assess the main insights of Michael Strevens' "Bigger than Chaos", a book with a novel application of certain mathematical results stemming from chaos theory. Specifically, the book applies such results to explain the phenomenon of inter-level reduction of complexity in certain natural sciences such as meteorology, economics, or ecology. The motivation for this review is that while "Bigger than chaos" provides original results to the philosophy of science, it is especially demanding in certain stages, requiring certain mathematical background, and so it is difficult to properly assess without a deep involvement in its reading. I also orient the reader commenting other reviews and further papers by the same author that elaborate core points of the book.
EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Aldo Filomeno, “Michael Strevens, ‘Bigger than chaos. Understanding complexity through probability’, Harvard University Press, 2003, pp. xvi+413”, in "APhEx 10", 2014, pp. 10