Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, and an Introduction to Chaos

Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, and an Introduction to Chaos

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Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, and an Introduction to Chaos, Second Edition, provides a rigorous yet accessible introduction to differential equations and dynamical systems.

The original text by three of the world's leading mathematicians has become the standard textbook for graduate courses in this area. Thirty years in the making, this Second Edition brings students to the brink of contemporary research, starting from a background that includes only calculus and elementary linear algebra.

The book explores the dynamical aspects of ordinary differential equations and the relations between dynamical systems and certain fields outside pure mathematics. It presents the simplification of many theorem hypotheses and includes bifurcation theory throughout. It contains many new figures and illustrations; a simplified treatment of linear algebra; detailed discussions of the chaotic behavior in the Lorenz attractor, the Shil'nikov systems, and the double scroll attractor; and increased coverage of discrete dynamical systems.

This book will be particularly useful to advanced students and practitioners in higher mathematics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 425 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 771.1g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0123497035
  • 9780123497031
  • 594,034

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"The exposition is excellent. I particularly liked how the proofs are fairly easy to follow...a readable and informative text." - Gareth Roberts, Holy Cross

"..from three mathematicians who are...among the world's most prominent experts in dynamical systems...[and] the world's best mathematical expositors."
- Bruce Peckham, University of Minnesota

" (...) a standard on mathematical bookshelves (...). Readers familiar with the first edition will find much that is familiar, but with an increased emphasis on the behaviour of families of solutions". Annalisa Cranell, MAA Online, Feb 2005
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Table of contents

First Order Equations
Planar Linear Systems
Phase Portraits for Planar Systems
Classification of Planar Systems
Higher Dimensional Linear Algebra
Higher Dimensional Linear Systems
Nonlinear Systems
Equilibria in Nonlinear Systems
Global Nonlinear Techniques
Closed Orbits and Limit Sets
Applications in Biology
Applications in Circuit Theory
Applications in Mechanics
The Lorenz System
Discrete Dynamical Systems
Homoclinic Phenomena
Existence and Uniqueness Revisited
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About Robert L. Devaney

By Dr. Morris W. Hirsch, Dr. Stephen Smale and Dr. Robert Devaney
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