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Dynamical Systems V

Bifurcation Theory and Catastrophe Theory

  • V. I. Arnol’d

Part of the Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences book series (volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Bifurcation Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-9
    2. V. I. Arnol’d
      Pages 10-38
    3. V. I. Arnol’d
      Pages 38-79
    4. V. I. Arnol’d
      Pages 79-153
    5. V. I. Arnol’d
      Pages 154-205
  3. Catastrophe Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-208
    2. V. I. Arnol’d
      Pages 207-215
    3. V. I. Arnol’d
      Pages 215-220
    4. V. I. Arnol’d
      Pages 239-244
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 259-274

About this book


Bifurcation theory and catastrophe theory are two of the best known areas within the field of dynamical systems. Both are studies of smooth systems, focusing on properties that seem to be manifestly non-smooth. Bifurcation theory is concerned with the sudden changes that occur in a system when one or more parameters are varied. Examples of such are familiar to students of differential equations, from phase portraits. Moreover, understanding the bifurcations of the differential equations that describe real physical systems provides important information about the behavior of the systems. Catastrophe theory became quite famous during the 1970's, mostly because of the sensation caused by the usually less than rigorous applications of its principal ideas to "hot topics", such as the characterization of personalities and the difference between a "genius" and a "maniac". Catastrophe theory is accurately described as singularity theory and its (genuine) applications. The authors of this book, the first printing of which was published as Volume 5 of the Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences, have given a masterly exposition of these two theories, with penetrating insight.


Bifurcation Theory Bifurkationstheorie Catastrophe Theory Dynamical Systems Dynamische Systeme Katastrophentheorie bifurcation differential equation dynamical systems singularity

Editors and affiliations

  • V. I. Arnol’d
    • 1
  1. 1.Steklov Mathematical InstituteMoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Dynamical Systems V
  • Book Subtitle Bifurcation Theory and Catastrophe Theory
  • Authors V.I. Arnold
    V.S. Afrajmovich
    Yu.S. Il'yashenko
    L.P. Shil'nikov
  • Editors V.I. Arnold
  • Series Title Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-18173-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-65379-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-57884-7
  • Series ISSN 0938-0396
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 274
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original Russian edition published by Vinitii, Moscow, 1986 Originally published as Volume 5 in the Series:Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences.
  • Topics Analysis
    Complex Systems
    Statistical Physics and Dynamical Systems
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