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Encyclopedia of

Nonlinear Science
Alwyn Scott, Editor
The Encyclopedia of Nonlinear Science provides complete coverage at the introduc-
tory level of the field of nonlinear science, from intuitive descriptions to mathemati-
cal concepts over a wide range of subject matters.
Comprised of 438 essays arranged alphabetically in one large volume, this
Encyclopedia covers subjects such as chaos and turbulence in addition to the
formation (emergence) and dynamics of coherent structure (solitons, nerve
impulses, shock waves, tornados, and so on). Entries describe basic phenomena
that arise in mathematics; theoretical and applied physics; chemistry; physical
chemistry; electrical, chemical, and mechanical engineering; atmospheric and
earth sciences; biology; economics; and neuroscience; among several others.
Some of the entries are theoretical in nature, while others present phenomena in
intuitive terms, but all are introductory, leading the reader toward further insights in
the area of interest.
Designed for undergraduate and graduate students and researchers as well as
established nonlinear scientists interested in applying methods outside of their
own specialized areas, this is the definitive reference to all aspects of nonlinear
science.
Key Features:
A one stop resource for students and researchers from a wide range of disci-
plines
438 authoritative entries written by an international team of leading specialists
Extensive cross-references guiding the reader to related topics
Over 550 b/w and color line diagrams and photos
Authoritative and up-to-date bibliographies as well as suggestions for further
reading
International advisory board
November 2004 1000 pgs
550 b/w illus. 8 pages color
Library Binding 8-1/2 x 11 Acid Free Paper
Hb: 1-57958-385-7 $225.00 135.00
Thematically arranged sampling; Entries are A-Z
Common examples in the natural world
Butterfly effect
Dripping faucet
Economic dynamics
Jupiters Great Red Spot
Nonlinear toys
Traffic flow
History of nonlinear science
Determinism
Fermi-Pasta-Ulam chain
Poincar theorems
Solitons: a brief history
Van der Pol equation
Analytical and computational methods
Bcklund transformations
Cellular automata
Center-manifold reduction
Characteristics
Collective coordinates
Contour dynamics
Embedding methods
Integrability
Painlev analysis
Random matrix theory
Time series analysis
Dynamical systems
Attractors
Aubry-Mather theory
Bifurcations
Cat map
Chaotic dynamics
Phase space
Reaction-diffusion systems
Routes to chaos
Mathematical models
Ablowitz-Kaup-Newell-Segur system
Frenkel-Kontorova model
Korteweg-de Vries equation
Nonlinear Schrdinger equations
Coherent structures
Biomolecular solitons
Breathers
Davydov soliton
Emergence
Spiral waves
Physics applications
Fluid dynamics
Gravitational waves
Quantum field theory
Local modes in molecular crystals
Skyrmions
Superfluidity
Yang-Mills theory
Engineering applications
Chuas circuit
Josephson junction arrays
Nonlinear optics
Semiconductor oscillators
Synchronization
Biological and neuroscience
applications
Biological evolution
Cardiac muscle models
Hodgkin-Huxley equations
Nephron dynamics
Protein dynamics
Scroll waves
Turing patterns
and many more...
Visit www.routledge-ny.com/nonlinearsci for sample entries
plus a full list of entries and contributors
T
he im
pressive roster of contributors
offers m
ore than 400 w
ell-w
ritten,
concise, w
ell-illustrated articles that
include excellent bibliographies.
R
elated references and an excellent
index add breadth and depth to the
encyclopedia's usefulness...
H
ighly recom
m
ended
--C
hoice