Review of the hardback: 'There are countless books on dynamical systems, chaos, nonlinear dynamics, and so on, but this is the best for the all-round astrophysicist. It is not a straight-laced textbook or a how-to manual, but a good-natured guidebook to the literature. ... you will end up much better educated, learning lots of facts and insights into a wide range of topics from Liapounov indicators to the theory of turbulence. ... Without eschewing deep results, the book is as readable as a novel, and like any decent novel, deserves to be read from cover to cover ...' The Observatory
The discipline of nonlinear dynamics, or chaos, has developed explosively in all areas of physics over the last two decades. This comprehensive primer for researchers and graduate students of astrophysics provides the necessary investigative tools to explore chaotic and complex phenomena. Mathematical concepts and techniques are introduced in the first part of the book, before being applied to a variety of astrophysical systems. The book demonstrates the application of ideas such as strange attractors, Poincaré sections, fractals, bifurcations and complex spatial patterns to specific astrophysical problems.