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"Light in the darkness": Review of Sync: The emerging science of spontaneousorder, by Steven Strogatz. Reviewed by Robert Matthews. New Scientist, 8 February 2003, page54.

Steven Strogatz is one of the researchers who in the late 1980s discovered thata collection of independent oscillators that are hooked together in simple wayscan suddenly synchronize. "Order can emerge spontaneously out of disorder," asthe review puts it. The book discusses the "science of spontaneous order" andoffers a sense of what it is like to be in on the discovery of new scientificinsights. The review says that Strogatz "is a gifted and inspiringcommunicator".

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society