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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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5 of 5 stars
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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
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Jan 11, 2011
Mangoo
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5 of 5 stars
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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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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

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

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.

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.

Aug 12, 2011
Brian
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4 of 5 stars
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review of another edition

Shelves:
science-mathematics,
complexity-and-chaos

This was a good series of college lectures. I recommend it to anybody interested in chaos. I would have liked a little more math, though.

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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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