Chaos and the Changing Nature of Science and Medicine / Edition 1

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Eight lectures survey the principal manifestations and consequences of the ubiquitous presence of nonlinearity in nature, such as catastrophes, fractals, low-dimensional deterministic chaos, and nonlinear waves and vortices. They discuss dynamical structure and climate variability, coherent structures amidst chaos, aesthetic implications of shifting ideas of organization, chaotic dynamics in fluids, and applications in biology and medicine, among other topics. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563964428
  • Publisher: American Institute of Physics
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: AIP Conference Proceedings Series, #376
  • Edition description: 1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Steering Committee
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Night Thoughts of a Classical Physicist
Overview of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Complexity Theory 1
Catastrophe Theory: What It Is - Why It Exists - How It Works 35
Fractal Structures and Processes 54
Chaos, Dynamical Structure, and Climate Variability 80
Coherent Structures Amidst Chaos: Solitons, Fronts, and Vortices 115
From Self-Organization to Emergence: Aesthetic Implications of Shifting Ideas of Organization 133
Two Examples of Chaotic Dynamics in Fluids 158
Applications of Chaos in Biology and Medicine 175
Author Index 203
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