Understanding Nonlinear Dynamics

Understanding Nonlinear Dynamics

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Mathematics is playing an ever more important role in the physical and biological sciences, provoking a blurring of boundaries between scientific disciplines and a resurgence of interest in the modern as well as the classical techniques of applied mathematics. This renewal of interest, both in research and teaching, has led to the establishment of the series: Texts in Applied Mathematics ( TAM). The development of new courses is a natural consequence of a high level of excitement on the research frontier as newer techniques, such as numerical and symbolic computer systems, dynamical systems, and chaos, mix with and reinforce the traditional methods of applied mathematics. Thus, the purpose of this textbook series is to meet the current and future needs of these advances and encourage the teaching of new courses. TAM will publish textbooks suitable for use in advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses, and will complement the Applied Mathematical Sciences (AMS) series, which will focus on advanced textbooks and research level monographs. About the Authors Daniel Kaplan specializes in the analysis of data using techniques motivated by nonlinear dynamics. His primary interest is in the interpretation of irregular physiological rhythms, but the methods he has developed have been used in geo- physics, economics, marine ecology, and other fields. He joined McGill in 1991, after receiving his Ph.D from Harvard University and working at MIT. His un- dergraduate studies were completed at Swarthmore College. He has worked with several instrumentation companies to develop novel types of medical monitors.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 25.4mm | 1,370g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1st ed. 1995. Corr. 2nd printing 1997
  • XX, 420 p.
  • 0387944400
  • 9780387944401
  • 1,637,939

Table of contents

1 Finite-Difference Equations.- 1.1 A Mythical Field.- 1.2 The Linear Finite-Difference Equation.- 1.3 Methods of Iteration.- 1.4 Nonlinear Finite-Difference Equations.- 1.5 Steady States and Their Stability.- 1.6 Cycles and Their Stability.- 1.7 Chaos.- 1.8 Quasiperiodicity.- 1 Chaos in Periodically Stimulated Heart Cells.- Sources and Notes.- Exercises.- Computer Projects.- 2 Boolean Networks and Cellular Automata.- 2.1 Elements and Networks.- 2.2 Boolean Variables, Functions, and Networks.- 2 A Lambda Bacteriophage Model.- 3 Locomotion in Salamanders.- 2.3 Boolean Functions and Biochemistry.- 2.4 Random Boolean Networks.- 2.5 Cellular Automata.- 4 Spiral Waves in Chemistry and Biology.- 2.6 Advanced Topic: Evolution and Computation.- Sources and Notes.- Exercises.- Computer Projects.- 3 Self-Similarity and Fractal Geometry.- 3.1 Describing a Tree.- 3.2 Fractals.- 3.3 Dimension.- 5 The Box-Counting Dimension.- 3.4 Statistical Self-Similarity.- 6 Self-Similarity in Time.- 3.5 Fractals and Dynamics.- 7 Random Walks and Levy Walks.- 8 Fractal Growth.- Sources and Notes.- Exercises.- Computer Projects.- 4 One-Dimensional Differential Equations.- 4.1 Basic Definitions.- 4.2 Growth and Decay.- 9 Traffic on the Internet.- 10 Open Time Histograms in Patch Clamp Experiments.- 11 Gompertz Growth of Tumors.- 4.3 Multiple Fixed Points.- 4.4 Geometrical Analysis of One-Dimensional Nonlinear Ordinary Differential Equations.- 4.5 Algebraic Analysis of Fixed Points.- 4.6 Differential Equations versus Finite-Difference Equations.- 4.7 Differential Equations with Inputs.- 12 Heart Rate Response to Sinusoid Inputs.- 4.8 Advanced Topic: Time Delays and Chaos.- 13 Nicholson's Blowflies.- Sources and Notes.- Exercises.- Computer Projects.- 5 Two-Dimensional Differential Equations.- 5.1 The Harmonic Oscillator.- 5.2 Solutions, Trajectories, and Flows.- 5.3 The Two-Dimensional Linear Ordinary Differential Equation.- 5.4 Coupled First-Order Linear Equations.- 14 Metastasis of Malignant Tumors.- 5.5 The Phase Plane.- 5.6 Local Stability Analysis of Two-Dimensional, Nonlinear Differential Equations.- 5.7 Limit Cycles and the van der Pol Oscillator.- 5.8 Finding Solutions to Nonlinear Differential Equations.- 15 Action Potentials in Nerve Cells.- 5.9 Advanced Topic: Dynamics in Three or More Dimensions.- 5.10 Advanced Topic: Poincare Index Theorem.- Sources and Notes.- Exercises.- Computer Projects.- 6 Time-Series Analysis.- 6.1 Starting with Data.- 6.2 Dynamics, Measurements, and Noise.- 16 Fluctuations in Marine Populations.- 6.3 The Mean and Standard Deviation.- 6.4 Linear Correlations.- 6.5 Power Spectrum Analysis.- 17 Daily Oscillations in Zooplankton.- 6.6 Nonlinear Dynamics and Data Analysis.- 18 Reconstructing Nerve Cell Dynamics.- 6.7 Characterizing Chaos.- 19 Predicting the Next Ice Age.- 6.8 Detecting Chaos and Nonlinearity.- 6.9 Algorithms and Answers.- Sources and Notes.- Exercises.- Computer Projects.- Appendix A A Multi-Functional Appendix.- A.1 The Straight Line.- A.2 The Quadratic Function.- A.3 The Cubic and Higher-Order Polynomials.- A.4 The Exponential Function.- A.5 Sigmoidal Functions.- A.6 The Sine and Cosine Functions.- A.7 The Gaussian (or "Normal") Distribution.- A.8 The Ellipse.- A.9 The Hyperbola.- Exercises.- Appendix B A Note on Computer Notation.- Solutions to Selected Exercises.
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??Not 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.?? ??MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS ??I 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.????AMERICAN SCIENTIST ??[The authors] have written a readily accessible introduction to nonlinear dynamics??the book presents the main concepts and applications of nonlinear dynamics at an elementary level??Interspersed in the text are delightful short essays of a page or two each??Courses on nonlinear dynamics rarely present these topics at the level used in the book??It is written in a ??user friendly?? colloquial style and is a delight to read??no reader is likely to encounter a more accessible elementary introduction to nonlinear dynamics.????PHYSICS TODAY 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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