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# Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering

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This textbook is aimed at newcomers to nonlinear dynamics and chaos. The presentation stresses analytical methods, concrete examples, and geometric intuition. A unique feature of the book is its emphasis on applications. These include mechanical vibrations, lasers, biological rhythms, superconducting circuits, insect outbreaks, chemical oscillators, genetic control systems
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Paperback, 497 pages

Published
January 19th 2001
by Westview Press
(first published 1994)

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Apr 06, 2017
Daniel Brandtner
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Strogatz delivers a readable and comprehensible introduction to nonlinear systems and chaos. He prefers intuitive explanations and examples to rigorous mathematical proofs (though he always indicates where one could find more detailed analysis).

Apr 17, 2008
Johannes
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it was amazing

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 should se ...moreThe book is self-contained and requires only some familiarity with one- and multi-v ...more

Reaction: I was very satisfied with this book. Strogatz isn't like your usual author of a math textbook. He isn't ...more

Cons: The book is harder to use as a referen ...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, s ...more

One little gripe: the figures are sometimes kind o ...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 ...more

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

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 ...more

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.

Feb 24, 2011
Particle_Person
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it was amazing
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Shelves:
technical,
non-fiction

This is one of those rare textbooks that are also readable in bed. There are tons of applications, including such oddities as how fireflies synchronize their blinking, how lasers work, and using chaos to send coded messages.

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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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