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ISBN-13: 978-0813349107 ISBN-10: 0813349109 Edition: Second Edition, Second Edition

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“The new edition has a friendly yet clear technical style . . . One of the book’s biggest strengths is that it explains core concepts through practical examples drawn from various fields and from real-world systems . . . the author’s excellent use of geometric and graphical techniques greatly clarifies what can be amazingly complex behavior.” —Physics Today

Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos is an excellent book that effectively demonstrates the power and beauty of the theory of dynamical systems. Its readers will want to learn more.” —Mathematical Association of America

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"Exceptionally well-written. Time after time, Strogatz gives explanations of concepts that are among the most lucid I have ever read...One of the best introductions to nonlinear dynamics currently available."
SIAM Review

"The examples impressed me with their subtlety and incisiveness. Important, delicate distinctions and exceptions are highlighted and accessible."
Physics Today

"More than any undergraduate book that I have seen in recent years, this book can lure students into the mathematical sciences, make them want to change their major, and spark in them some real intellectual curiosity."
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About the Author

Steven Strogatz is the Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. His honors include MIT’s highest teaching prize, a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research on a wide variety of nonlinear systems—from synchronized fireflies to small-world networks—has been featured in the pages of Scientific American, Nature, Discover, Business Week, and The New York Times.

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Nonlinearity
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Second Edition, Second Edition edition (July 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813349109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813349107
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Strogatz is the Schurman Professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. A renowned teacher and one of the world's most highly cited mathematicians, he has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio's Radiolab. Among his honors are MIT's highest teaching prize, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a lifetime achievement award for communication of math to the general public, awarded by the four major American mathematical societies. He also wrote a popular New York Times online column, "The Elements of Math," which formed the basis for his new book, The Joy of x. He lives in Ithaca, New York with his wife and two daughters.

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By SILVIO FERREIRA on August 5, 2014
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The second edition kept that exceptional quality of the first one, but added only a few new examples. If one already has the first edition, which is my case, the second one is totally dispensable.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stanislav Yurin on September 1, 2014
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I am using this book as a "practice-first" guide to mathematics for the guy in his thirties, who struggles to understand why his high education was not done right 15 years ago, and do it so by himself this time.
Accompanied by the lectures on the subject (search the title on youtube), this is likely the best book on math out there for motivated unexperienced reader.
It will throw you to many practical fields of mathematics, and, having enough time, one can continue wandering and hunting for different subjects while eating this dish chapter by chapter (or lecture by lecture). For me, who has the luxury of not following any education plan, this is a delicious experience.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Turtleman on January 20, 2015
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I agree with what another reviewer said:
"if all math books are written in this clarity, the number of students in physics/engineering would rise considerably".

This is the one of the clearest textbooks I ever seen in my college life.
Clear words, helpful figures, many examples, ...
This book is perfect for self-study.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By updog on July 2, 2015
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Not sure if it's a limitation of the kindle, but all equations with a dot (e.g. x derivative w.r.t. time or x dot, second x derivative w.r.t. t or x double dot) are rendered as images, even if they are in the middle of a sentence. This makes the kindle version of an otherwise great (5 star) book very painful to read. (I am attaching a screenshot from the kindle sample)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave W on February 4, 2015
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Good text book for nonlinear dynamics. Probably the most quoted text on the subject. You tube videos of his intro course at Cornell follow book and are very worthwhile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Nelson on October 5, 2014
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Here is the subject elegantly pared down to just what a student absolutely needs to know, with Strogatz's trademark elegance and wit. The book is a springboard to many field of science, showing how insights in one field illuminate another.
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