Complex Dynamics and Morphogenesis

An Introduction to Nonlinear Science

Authors: Misbah, Chaouqi

  • Enriched with a vast range of exercises and solved problems
  • Featuring a Foreword by Jacques Villain
  • Introduces bifurcations and the language of nonlinear sciences with simple, visual examples
  • Spans from elementary bifurcations to the origin of form and shape in nature
  • Uses elementary mathematical language, accessible to all undergraduate students
  • Provides detailed calculations of many problems of nonlinear physics, gathered in a single volume
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This book offers an introduction to the physics of nonlinear phenomena through two complementary approaches: bifurcation theory and catastrophe theory. Readers will be gradually introduced to the language and formalisms of nonlinear sciences, which constitute the framework to describe complex systems. The difficulty with complex systems is that their evolution cannot be fully predicted because of the interdependence and interactions between their different components.

Starting with simple examples and working toward an increasing level of universalization, the work explores diverse scenarios of bifurcations and elementary catastrophes which characterize the qualitative behavior of nonlinear systems. The study of temporal evolution is undertaken using the equations that characterize stationary or oscillatory solutions, while spatial analysis introduces the fascinating problem of morphogenesis.

Accessible to undergraduate university students in any discipline concerned with nonlinear phenomena (physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology, economy, etc.), this work provides a wealth of information for teachers and researchers in these various fields.

Chaouqi Misbah is a senior researcher at the CNRS (National Centre of Scientific Research in France). His work spans from pattern formation in nonlinear science to complex fluids and biophysics. In 2002 he received a major award from the French Academy of Science for his achievements and in 2003 Grenoble University honoured him with a gold medal. Leader of a group of around 40 scientists, he is a member of the editorial board of the French Academy of Science since 2013 and also holds numerous national and international responsibilities.

About the authors

Chaouqi Misbah is a senior researcher at the CNRS (National Centre of Scientific Research in France). His work spans from pattern formation in nonlinear science to complex fluids and biophysics. In 2002 he received a major award from the French Academy of Science for his achievements and in 2003 Grenoble University honoured him with a gold medal. Leader of a group of around 40 scientists, he is a member of the editorial board of the French academy of Science since 2013 and also holds numerous national and international responsibilities.

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-94-024-1018-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Complex Dynamics and Morphogenesis
Book Subtitle
An Introduction to Nonlinear Science
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-024-1020-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-024-1020-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-024-1018-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 463
Number of Illustrations and Tables
179 b/w illustrations
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