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Chaos and Complexity in Astrophysics Paperback – August 16, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1107406544 ISBN-10: 1107406544 Edition: 1st
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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107406544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107406544
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,389,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Poland, lived most of my life in Israel and since 2001 I live in the US, at the heart of the Big Apple.
This already seems to be quite a rich life (3 continents!), but, in addition, even though my professional career has been one of an Astrophysicist, I have always loved the arts: painting, music, poetry and drama. Unfortunately i am not professional enough in any of the arts. Physics is a very demanding subject!

Sports is my other passion. Primarily soccer (I love the Italian squad and also Argentina), but also baseball (NY Yankees) and basketball (NY Knicks).

Finally, since my editors of "Chaos and Complexity in Astrophysics" never gave me a chance to include printing corrections in the second printing of the book, I direct the readers to a link to a corrections (errata) page:

http://www.regevale.com/#!errata-to-chaos-and-complexity/cjg6

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Format: Hardcover
I considered adapting it for a graduate class I taught on stability and non-normality. It didn't happened, because eventually I decided to write my own notes in the hope it will prompt me to write my own book on non-linear dynamics (has not happened yet...)

However, I was deeply impressed by this book. It is very clearly written, very thorough yet tractable, and at times witty. Most importantly, some issues I consider subtle, tricky or often overlooked or addressed head-on here, meticulously , scientifically soundly and, astonishingly, in a manner I think is suitable for even first or second year graduate students.

In short, I STRONGLY recommend this book to anybody interested in nonlinear dynamics, in the heavens or on earth...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy M. Purcell on October 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Very readable, engaging and understandable. Regev offers insights into and explanations of complex concepts and methods by using frameworks familiar to students (particularly of astronomy) on the graduate level. I found that there are a number of typos and misprints. However, the author offers a useful, detailed and up-to-date errata that can be accessed on his site ([...]"
-Timothy Purcell
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The book gives the essential details of such areas as bifurcation theory, strange attractors, fractals, and Hamiltonian systems, filling a gap in existing astrophysical literature. Comprehensive descriptions of those topics in astrophysics to which chaos theory has made significant contributions (e.g., the theory of stellar pulsations; dynamics of the solar system) are also included. The fact that the text is essentially self-contained makes it attractive for both graduate students and researchers to use.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Dublon on September 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
a good guide book to the literature in this subject, lots of facts and readable. I have learned plenty.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ofra Bloch on September 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book is written very clearly and it explains difficult concepts in a comprehensible way. I enjoyed exploring and learning from it.
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