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Encyclopedia of nonlinear science /
Alwyn Scott, editor.
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New York : Routledge, 2005.
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xliii, 1053 p.
ISBN
1579583857 (hb : alk. paper)
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New York : Routledge, 2005.
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1579583857 (hb : alk. paper)
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5346640
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-05-01:
The physical world is often thought to be based on single actions causing single predictable results, when in reality the results are usually based on more than one initial action. Automobile accidents must factor in the reaction time of the driver, the physical alertness of the driver, the mechanical conditions of the car, the surface of the road, the weather conditions, etc. Nonlinear science studies these complex problems and offers ways to describe and analyze them. Scott's encyclopedia provides an overview of the mathematical background, as well as applications to key problems ranging from economics to engineering. The impressive roster of contributors offers more than 400 well-written, concise, well-illustrated articles that include excellent bibliographies. Related references and an excellent index add to the encyclopedia's usefulness. The price, if high for a one-volume work, is justified considering the breadth and depth of coverage. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. J. O. Christensen Brigham Young University
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In 438 alphabetically-arranged essays, this work provides a useful overview of the core mathematical background for nonlinear science, as well as its applications to key problems in ecology and biological systems, chemical reaction-diffusion problems, geophysics, economics, electrical and mechanical oscillations in engineering systems, lasers and nonlinear optics, fluid mechanics and turbulence, and condensed matter physics, among others.
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Comprising 440 essays, this work provides a useful overview of mathematical background and applications of nonlinear science to key problems in biological systems, geophysics, economics, electrical and mechanical oscillations in engineering systems and many more. This is an essential source from which to learn about unfamiliar topics.
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In 438 alphabetically arranged essays, this work provides a useful overview of the core mathematical background for nonlinear science, as well as its applications to key problems in ecology and biological systems, chemical reaction-diffusion problems, geophysics, economics, electrical and mechanical oscillations in engineering systems, lasers and nonlinear optics, fluid mechanics and turbulence, and condensed matter physics, among others. Designed for students and new researchers, as well as established nonlinear scientists interested applying methods outside their own specialized areas, this is the definitive introductory reference to all aspects of nonlinear science. Key Features * The first major reference in this growing field * A one-stop resource for students and researchers from a variety of scientific areas * 438 authoritative entries written by an international team of leading specialists * Extensive cross-references guiding the reader to related topics * Over 460b/w and color illustrations illuminating aspects of nonlinear phenomena * Authoritative and up-to-date suggestions for further reading Also includes an 8-page color insert.
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The Encyclopedia of Nonlinear Science provides complete coverage at the introductory level of the field of nonlinear science, from intuitive descriptions to mathematical concepts over a wide range of subject matters. Comprised of 438 essays arranged alphabetically in one large volume, this Encyclopedia covers subjects such as chaos and turbulence in addition to the formation (emergence) and dynamics of coherent structure (solitons, nerve impulses, shock waves, tornados, and so on). Entries describe basic phenomena that arise in mathematics; theoretical and applied physics; chemistry; physical chemistry; electrical, chemical, and mechanical engineering; atmospheric and earth sciences; biology; economics; and neuroscience; among several others. Some of the entries are theoretical in nature, while others present phenomena in intuitive terms, but all are introductory, leading the reader toward further insights in the are of interest. Designed for undergraduate and graduate students and researchers as well as established nonlinear scientists interested in applying methods outside of their own specialized areas, this is the definitive reference to all aspects of nonlinear science.

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