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Science  20 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5627, pp. 1878-1879
DOI: 10.1126/science.1085411

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Sync The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order. Steven Strogatz. Theia (Hyperion), New York, 2003. 348 pp. $24.95, C$36.95. ISBN 0-7868-6844-9. Allen Lane (Penguin), London. 352 pp. £14.99. ISBN 0-7139-9621-8.

Weaving together stories of the science and the researchers who have created it, Strogatz draws on complexity theory to discusses the emergence of order in such phenomena as orbits, firefly flashing, traffic patterns, sleep cycles, brain waves, and heart beats.