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# Nonlinear Dynamics And Chaos: With Applications To Physics, Biology, Chemistry And Engineering (Studies in Nonlinearity)

by
Steven H. Strogatz (Goodreads Author)

This textbook is aimed at newcomers to nonlinear dynamics and chaos, especially students taking a first course in the subject. The presentation stresses analytical methods, concrete examples and geometric intuition. The theory is developed systematically, starting with first-order differential equations and their bifurcations, followed by phase plane analysis, limit cycles
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Hardcover, 512 pages

Published
April 20th 1994
by Westview Press
(first published 1994)

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Apr 17, 2008
Johannes
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it was amazing
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review of another edition

Recommends it for:
advanced undergrads, beginning grad students

Shelves:
physics

This is

*the book*for nonlinear dynamics. Strogatz's writing is not only easy to follow, but is also pleasant, conversational, and at times even a bit whimsical. The book opens with very simple material, and while it eventually touches on some fairly advanced ideas (eg renormalization), it builds up to that point very carefully, so the student should never feel overwhelmed. The examples and problems are drawn from a wide range of fields, so students from disciplines besides math and physics shoul ...more
Jan 11, 2011
Mangoo
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it was amazing
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review of another edition

Recommends it for:
(under)graduates students

Excellent mathematical introduction to the dynamics of non-linear systems. The text style is rather informal, and very clear, and many of the concepts and results presented are exposed in an intuitive way. Beginning from uni-dimensional systems and reaching to chaos and strange attractors, there's that typical progressive crescendo in complexity which makes the reading worth and sticking. The book also contains a lot of examples taken from several disciplines (physics, chemistry, population dyna
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Cons: The book is harder to use as a reference than typi ...more

This is probably the best math book I've ever read. The author's approach, which is highly unusual in math, emphasizes intuition and visualization over abstractions and formulae - a winning strategy because it eases the learning curve for an otherwise difficult subject without stressing the technical details. Some readers will see this as a flaw, but I think the text is balanced correctly: after all, nonlinear dynamics is a field that yields very few analytical solutions, so why waste ...more

One little gripe: the figures are sometimes kind of lousy or c ...more

The book, though written in an almost literary fashion, would probab ...more

Strogatz mostra o básico de sistemas dinâmicos começando do realmente básico, exigindo um mínimo de requisitos - um módico de conhecimentos de cálculo já é mais que suficiente. E leva o leitor bem longe, sem nunca deixá-lo abandonar a trilha - e exibindo a paisagem majestosa pelo meio do caminho.

O tom é informal (e cheio de troças e piadinhas); o rigor matemático é secundário à legibilidade e à intuição. Em todo capítulo há a ...more

Apr 04, 2016
Erickson
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it was amazing
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review of another edition

Shelves:
physics,
nonlinear-physics

Excellent introductory text on nonlinear dynamics and chaos, with great examples and exercises covering various fields. It is advised though to read certain examples selectively (e.g. if you are not interested in Josephson junction, then skip it since it is somewhat distracting). But otherwise the narration and content are splendid.

It is written in not so rigorous and technical sense - thus more advanced supplement is needed for more advanced purposes. It is also highly advisable to complement t ...more

It is written in not so rigorous and technical sense - thus more advanced supplement is needed for more advanced purposes. It is also highly advisable to complement t ...more

Video lectures are recorded on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OkVN...

Takes some time to finish reading.

Not so much of rigorous analysis. Relatively easy to read.

Jun 07, 2016
Maximiliano Contreras
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Shelves:
science

Very readable introduction to the basis of Dynamical Systems. A lot of examples and very few mathematical background is required. In that sense is just an introduction; further reading is required to understand deeper concepts (Sharkovsky, for instance).

I suggest to watch the lectures in Youtube; makes easier to understand some concepts and have discussions that are not addressed in the book.

The references are flawless; contains the angular stones as well as more applied reviewed publications.

I suggest to watch the lectures in Youtube; makes easier to understand some concepts and have discussions that are not addressed in the book.

The references are flawless; contains the angular stones as well as more applied reviewed publications.

Despite the fact that I've found delight in this book, I'm considering myself as person who lacks the level of knowledge that is "sine qua non" for crafting credible review.

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Steven Strogatz is the Schurman Professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. A renowned teacher and one of the world’s most highly cited mathematicians, he has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s Radiolab. Among his honors are MIT's highest teaching prize, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a lifetime achievement award for communication of math to
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