Regular and Chaotic Dynamics

Regular and Chaotic Dynamics treats chaotic motion in nonlinear dynamical systems. It describes a rapidly growing field with applications throughout science and engineering. The main emphasis of the first edition was on intrinsic stochasticity in Hamiltonian systems. This has been broadened to include a thorough introduction to chaotic motion in dissipative systems in the final two chapters. Our treatment emphasizes physical insight rather than mathematical rigor. We present practical methods for describing the dynamics, for determining transitions from regular to stochastic behavior and routes to chaos, and for characterizing Hamiltonian chaos and dissipative chaotic attractors. We rely heavily on numerical computations to illustrate the methods and to validate them. The book is intended to be used as a self-contained text for physical scientists and engineers who wish to enter the field, as a reference for those researchers familiar with the methods, and as an advanced graduate textbook in dynamics.

Chapter Headings

CHAPTER 1 - Overview and Basic Concepts

CHAPTER 2 - Canonical Perturbation Theory

CHAPTER 3 - Mappings and Linear Stability

CHAPTER 4 - Transition to Global Stochasticity

CHAPTER 5 - Stochastic Motion and Diffusion

CHAPTER 6 - Three or More Degrees of Freedom

CHAPTER 7 - Bifurcation Phenomena and Transition to Chaos in Dissipative Systems

CHAPTER 8 - Chaotic Motion in Dissipative Systems

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