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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 1995. Corr. 2nd printing 1997 edition (Dec 19 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387944400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387944401
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #538,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ANot only are many of the most recent topics included and simply explained, but the reader is also warned against difficulties in the practical implementation of the proposed methods of analysis and against common misinterpretations of some theoretical concepts. Because of its completeness and plain, but mathematically correct, style, this book is also an ideal starting point for researchers from various disciplines who are not familiar with mathematical concepts usually learned in the first two years of university study.A AMATHEMATICAL REVIEWS AI recommend this book strongly both to those who need to teach these topics and to those who want to learn about them, whether or not they are in the biosciences. In fact, I would strongly recommend this book to paleontologists, paleobiologists, paleoecologists, and geologists who are (finally) becoming interested in nonlinear dynamics, but are still afraid to ask.AAAMERICAN SCIENTIST A[The authors] have written a readily accessible introduction to nonlinear dynamicsAthe book presents the main concepts and applications of nonlinear dynamics at an elementary levelAInterspersed in the text are delightful short essays of a page or two eachACourses on nonlinear dynamics rarely present these topics at the level used in the bookAIt is written in a Auser friendlyA colloquial style and is a delight to readAno reader is likely to encounter a more accessible elementary introduction to nonlinear dynamics.AAPHYSICS TODAY

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Format: Paperback
It is funny that there is so much hype about Wolfram's "A New Kind of Science" when this book neatly pointed out his big 'discoveries' back in 1995. That is, all of Wolfram's opus can be found in chapter 2 of this book.
The book provides a good (and relatively gentle) introduction to the mechanistic view of non-linear dynamics. Many different applications of non-linear dynamics, from physics to biology, are overviewed and many detailed examples are provided. In all, this is a great reference.
The only shortcomings are the lack of discussions about frameworks, particularly mechanistic systems, and how they influence the applicability of the models. That is, some understanding of systems theory (von Bertalanffy in particular and the work of cybernetics as well) should have been included to point out the fact that the linear causality implied by many models immediately limits their applicability.
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This is a gentle introdution to nonlinear dynamics, maths are well explained, illustrations are abundant, the overview is very good overall, even if subjects are only touched. It could also serve as an introduction to finite-difference and differential equations for non-maths students.
Undergrads looking for something smooth on nonlinear dynamics should get this one...but for advanced readers it is probably a waste of time.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A good introduction to the mechanical side... May 30 2002
By Zentao - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is funny that there is so much hype about Wolfram's "A New Kind of Science" when this book neatly pointed out his big 'discoveries' back in 1995. That is, all of Wolfram's opus can be found in chapter 2 of this book.
The book provides a good (and relatively gentle) introduction to the mechanistic view of non-linear dynamics. Many different applications of non-linear dynamics, from physics to biology, are overviewed and many detailed examples are provided. In all, this is a great reference.
The only shortcomings are the lack of discussions about frameworks, particularly mechanistic systems, and how they influence the applicability of the models. That is, some understanding of systems theory (von Bertalanffy in particular and the work of cybernetics as well) should have been included to point out the fact that the linear causality implied by many models immediately limits their applicability.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Gentle introduction to nonlinear dynamics July 23 2001
By Steve Uhlig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a gentle introdution to nonlinear dynamics, maths are well explained, illustrations are abundant, the overview is very good overall, even if subjects are only touched. It could also serve as an introduction to finite-difference and differential equations for non-maths students.
Undergrads looking for something smooth on nonlinear dynamics should get this one...but for advanced readers it is probably a waste of time.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Simply an Iluminating path to Understand Nonlinear Dynamics Feb. 12 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It happens that in any field there is a book that iluminates. This is the one in Nonlinear Dynamics. With it's clear and simple but mathematically and conceptually rich presentation this text opens the mind towards the mathemathics that you learn in your two first University years, as aplicated to innumerable Life Science examples, but at the same time interesting for any other field's applications (Physics, Maths, Chemists,..). This book deals with Dynamics in a Superb Way. Contents: 1-Finite Difference Equations. 2-Boolean Networks and Celular Automata. 3-Self Similarity and Fractal Geometry. 4-One Dimensional Differential Equations. 5-Two Dimensional Differential Equations. 6-Time Series Analysis. Apendix-A: A Multifunctional Appendix. Appendix-B: A Note on Computer Notation. Buy it, you might learn how much you can do with you mathematics knowledge!
Five Stars Sept. 10 2014
By Samantha Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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