Chaos, Dynamics, and Fractals: An Algorithmic Approach to Deterministic Chaos

Chaos, Dynamics, and Fractals: An Algorithmic Approach to Deterministic Chaos

by Joseph L. McCauley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521467470

ISBN-13: 9780521467476

Pub. Date: 11/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book develops deterministic chaos and fractals from the standpoint of iterated maps, but the method of analysis and choice of emphasis make it very different from all other books in the field. It is written to provide the reader with an introduction to more recent developments, such as weak universality, multifractals, and shadowing, as well as to older

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This book develops deterministic chaos and fractals from the standpoint of iterated maps, but the method of analysis and choice of emphasis make it very different from all other books in the field. It is written to provide the reader with an introduction to more recent developments, such as weak universality, multifractals, and shadowing, as well as to older subjects such as universal critical exponents, devil's staircases, and the Farey tree. Throughout the book the author uses a fully discrete method, a "theoretical computer arithmetic," because finite (but not fixed) precision is a fact of life that cannot be avoided in computation or in experiment. This approach leads to a more general formulation in terms of symbolic dynamics and to the idea of weak universality. The author explains why continuum analysis, computer simulations, and experiments form three entirely distinct approaches to chaos theory. In the end, the connection is made with Turing's ideas of computable numbers. It is explained why the continuum approach leads to predictions that are not necessarily realized in computations or in nature, whereas the discrete approach yields all possible histograms that can be observed or computed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521467476
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2009
Series:
Cambridge Nonlinear Science Series, #2
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Introduction; 1. Flows in phase space; 2. Introduction to deterministic chaos; 3. Conservative synamical systems; 4. Fractals and fragmentation in phase space; 5. The way to chaos by instability of quasiperiodic orbits; 6. The way to chaos by period doubling; 7. Multifractals; 8. Statistical physics on chaotic symbol sequences; 9. Universal chaotic dynamics; 10. Intermittence in fluid dynamics; 11. From flows to automata: chaotic systems as completely deterministic machines; References; Index.

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