The tendency to synchronize may be the most mysterious and
pervasive drive in all of nature. But only in the past decade have
scientists from disparate disciplines come to the stunning
realization that the study of synchrony could revolutionize our
understanding of everything from the origin of life to certain
types of human behavior.
At once elegant and riveting, "Sync" tells the story of
the dawn of a new science. As one of its pioneers, Steven Strogatz,
a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity
theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves,
from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in
Along with vivid explanations of cuttin-edge theory, Strogatz
provides an intimate and highly personal narrative filled with
often humorous anecdotes about some of the visionary thinkers of
our time. A tour de force of science and prose, "Sync"
reveals the hidden but beautiful order that governs the rhythms of
nature and the rhythms of ourselves.