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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; 2 edition (July 29 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813349109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813349107
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The new edition has a friendly yet clear technical style . . . One of the book’s biggest strengths is that it explains core concepts through practical examples drawn from various fields and from real-world systems . . . the author’s excellent use of geometric and graphical techniques greatly clarifies what can be amazingly complex behavior.” —Physics Today

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

Praise for the prior edition:

"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."
SIAM Review

"The examples impressed me with their subtlety and incisiveness. Important, delicate distinctions and exceptions are highlighted and accessible."
Physics Today

"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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About the Author

Steven Strogatz is the Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. His honors include MIT’s highest teaching prize, a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research on a wide variety of nonlinear systems—from synchronized fireflies to small-world networks—has been featured in the pages of Scientific American, Nature, Discover, Business Week, and The New York Times.

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HASH(0xa028c18c) out of 5 stars Very few changes in relation to the 1st edition Aug. 5 2014
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The second edition kept that exceptional quality of the first one, but added only a few new examples. If one already has the first edition, which is my case, the second one is totally dispensable.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa006b900) out of 5 stars Equations are messy in kindle version July 2 2015
By updog - Published on
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Not sure if it's a limitation of the kindle, but all equations with a dot (e.g. x derivative w.r.t. time or x dot, second x derivative w.r.t. t or x double dot) are rendered as images, even if they are in the middle of a sentence. This makes the kindle version of an otherwise great (5 star) book very painful to read. (I am attaching a screenshot from the kindle sample)
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa006b4e0) out of 5 stars A practical guide Sept. 1 2014
By Stanislav Yurin - Published on
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I am using this book as a "practice-first" guide to mathematics for the guy in his thirties, who struggles to understand why his high education was not done right 15 years ago, and do it so by himself this time.
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.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa07fa684) out of 5 stars This book is perfect for self-study Jan. 20 2015
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I agree with what another reviewer said:
"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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0512450) out of 5 stars Beautiful book, beautiful writing, beautiful explanations. Sept. 16 2015
By luciditycheck - Published on
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Full disclosure: currently working on research under one of the author's PhD advisees, now a professor himself. (The research is tangentially related to the topics of this book and I used it to get some background in the matter.)

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.