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Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering Paperback – Jul 29 2014
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Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos is an excellent book that effectively demonstrates the power and beauty of the theory of dynamical systems. Its readers will want to learn more.” Mathematical Association of America
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"Exceptionally well-written. Time after time, Strogatz gives explanations of concepts that are among the most lucid I have ever read...One of the best introductions to nonlinear dynamics currently available."
"The examples impressed me with their subtlety and incisiveness. Important, delicate distinctions and exceptions are highlighted and accessible."
"More than any undergraduate book that I have seen in recent years, this book can lure students into the mathematical sciences, make them want to change their major, and spark in them some real intellectual curiosity."
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Accompanied by the lectures on the subject (search the title on youtube), this is likely the best book on math out there for motivated unexperienced reader.
It will throw you to many practical fields of mathematics, and, having enough time, one can continue wandering and hunting for different subjects while eating this dish chapter by chapter (or lecture by lecture). For me, who has the luxury of not following any education plan, this is a delicious experience.
"if all math books are written in this clarity, the number of students in physics/engineering would rise considerably".
This is the one of the clearest textbooks I ever seen in my college life.
Clear words, helpful figures, many examples, ...
This book is perfect for self-study.
Excellent book, very clearly written. As a rising third-year physics major I found it very digestible but still challenging (only used the first 8 chapters so far). I had to read it fairly quick as it was background for research, but looking forward to doing another more careful read and continuing on into the sections on chaos and fractals. It's a small thing, but I particularly liked the chart in the first chapter where he groups various problems/topics in physics and other sciences by number of variables and linearity vs. nonlinearity, then qualitatively explains the chart and the relative "solved-ness" of each area. It's nothing mind-blowing, but it's just a very tidy chart that would have been nice to see earlier in my physics/math career.
One of the reviews on the back says something about the book being well written to the point of being likely to convince people to change their major or really begin to appreciate the beauty of math. As a student I can confirm this and am considering how to work applied math and nonlinear dynamics into future graduate studies.
This isn't the best book for people without a strong calculus background or those who don't want to read their share of equations and graphs, but if you are a non-mathy person and happen to come across it, the first chapter or two, plus the more qualitative pieces scattered throughout, may still be enlightening.
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