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Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, and an Introduction to Chaos, Second Edition (Pure and Applied Mathematics) Hardcover – November 5, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0123497031 ISBN-10: 0123497035 Edition: 2nd
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"The exposition is excellent. I particularly liked how the proofs are fairly easy to follow... There are several instances where 'What if...?' questions come up naturally and the authors explore these as though they were reading your mind." - Gareth Roberts, Holy Cross

"This text contains exactly what a student entering graduate school in Dynamical Systems needs to know; it is Dynamical Systems from three mathematicians who are not only among the world's most prominent experts in dynamical systems, but who are also among the world's best mathematical expositors. The book contains the benchmark models of chaos to which much of current research is compared"
- Bruce Peckham, University of Minnesota

"The presentation is very clear and often supported by carefully selected key-examples. The book meets very high pedagogical standards and certainly is a worthy successor of the original version."
-R. Steinbauer, Wien, in MONATSHEFTE FUR MATHEMATIC, VOL 147

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Rigorous yet accessible introduction to differential equations and dynamical systems
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  • Series: Pure and Applied Mathematics
  • Hardcover: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (November 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123497035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123497031
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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121 of 122 people found the following review helpful By ken on February 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
You should be aware that there are two similar books with similar titles by the same authors. The old edition is a hardcover all green book by Hirsch and Smale called:

"Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems and Linear Algebra"

The second with the lorenz attractors in yellow on the cover is by Hirsch, Smale and Devaney and is called:

"Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems and an Introduction to Chaos"

Now, that may be obvious to you, but it is important to note that because those are VERY different books (which I have both of right here). The 'old' one is a more theoretical text that mainly addresses linear systems and is organized more like a math monograph than a contemporary (i.e. with pictures and examples) textbook. It is difficult for most people. The newer version is COMPLETELY different and is written for a more diverse audience. It starts with linear systems but then goes into nonlinear systems and discrete systems. It is somewhat similar in character to Strogatz's Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos. If you do not have a very strong abstract theoretical type of math background I would not recommend you start learning about differential equations from the "old" edition. You will find it very difficult. If you are used to a general abstract presentation of results you should be fine. For the NEW edition the level is very different. I would guess that courses in multi-variable calc, elementary diff eq, and linear algebra (if you understood them) would be sufficient preparation. Both books are excellent, just be clear on what you are looking for.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a great introduction to the next stage of differential equations after a first course. Devaney is a master of presenation, and makes everything seem easy. It is not as encyclopedic as some other books on this material, such as Arnold and Perko, but it is easier to read and still covers the most important advanced material.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By areader on February 20, 2007
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I bought a copy of this new book and I have its old version with Hirsch and Smale as its only authors. Main differences between these books are some new chapters covering chaos and the exercises. Old version has better chapters dealing with linear algebra. I find this new version hard to read and it leaves many details to be filled by the reader. I would say that the new version is still a good choice for a second course in ODE or supplementary text for a graduate course. I gave it four stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Urizar on May 30, 2011
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I took a theoretical course in differential equations and we happened to use this book. I was always told this was a really good book and such, but I just didn't like it. I'm not sure what it is (I'm not a huge fan of differential equations so maybe I'm biased), but I just didn't feel like I connected with the book ever. I didn't cover it all, only Chapters 1-9 and chapter 17 and I did think chapter 17 was covered very nicely (Existence and Uniqueness Theorems), but the other stuff which was mainly on planar systems not so well. I plan on re-reading the book again just to see if I'm just missing the entire picture because one of the authors is Stephen Smale and so I would expect good things from it all. I'll edit my review then and see if anything has changed.
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