Probability and Its Applications

Laws of Chaos

Invariant Measures and Dynamical Systems in One Dimension

Editors: Boyarsky, Abraham, Gora, Pawel (Eds.)

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A hundred years ago it became known that deterministic systems can exhibit very complex behavior. By proving that ordinary differential equations can exhibit strange behavior, Poincare undermined the founda­ tions of Newtonian physics and opened a window to the modern theory of nonlinear dynamics and chaos. Although in the 1930s and 1940s strange behavior was observed in many physical systems, the notion that this phenomenon was inherent in deterministic systems was never suggested. Even with the powerful results of S. Smale in the 1960s, complicated be­ havior of deterministic systems remained no more than a mathematical curiosity. Not until the late 1970s, with the advent of fast and cheap comput­ ers, was it recognized that chaotic behavior was prevalent in almost all domains of science and technology. Smale horseshoes began appearing in many scientific fields. In 1971, the phrase 'strange attractor' was coined to describe complicated long-term behavior of deterministic systems, and the term quickly became a paradigm of nonlinear dynamics. The tools needed to study chaotic phenomena are entirely different from those used to study periodic or quasi-periodic systems; these tools are analytic and measure-theoretic rather than geometric. For example, in throwing a die, we can study the limiting behavior of the system by viewing the long-term behavior of individual orbits. This would reveal incomprehensibly complex behavior. Or we can shift our perspective: Instead of viewing the long-term outcomes themselves, we can view the probabilities of these outcomes. This is the measure-theoretic approach taken in this book.

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"Well written with ample examples and exercises… It fills an important gap in the literature."

—Journal of the Indian Inst. of Science

"The book provides a personal view on invariant measures and dynamical systems in one dimension. It is given a detailed study of the piecewise linear transformations under another spirit than that of {W. Doeblin} developed in the commemorative volume [Doeblin and modern probability. Proceedings of the Doeblin conference "50 years after Doeblin: Developments in the theory of Markov chains, Markov processes and sums of independent random variables'', Contemporary Mathematics 149 (1993; articles are reviewed individually in Zbl )]. The book contains 13 chapters. Some titles are as follows: Spectral decomposition of the Frobenius-Perron operator, Markov transformations, Compactness theorem and Approximation of invariant densities, Stability of invariant measures, The inverse problem for the Frobenius-Perron equation and others. The style of the book is clear with good didactical perspectives for those who wish to study dynamical systems in connection with measure theory and ergodic theory. Finally, the book is a valuable contribution to the topic of Dynamical Systems."

—Zentralblatt Math


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Boyarsky, Abraham (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • Preliminaries

    Boyarsky, Abraham (et al.)

    Pages 7-28

  • Review of Ergodic Theory

    Boyarsky, Abraham (et al.)

    Pages 29-73

  • The Frobenius-Perron Operator

    Boyarsky, Abraham (et al.)

    Pages 74-95

  • Absolutely Continuous Invariant Measures

    Boyarsky, Abraham (et al.)

    Pages 96-109

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Laws of Chaos
Book Subtitle
Invariant Measures and Dynamical Systems in One Dimension
Editors
  • Abraham Boyarsky
  • Pawel Gora
Series Title
Probability and Its Applications
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-2024-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-2024-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-8176-4003-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-7386-8
Series ISSN
2297-0371
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 400
Topics