The Physics of Structure Formation

Theory and Simulation

  • Werner Güttinger
  • Gerhard Dangelmayr
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 37)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Disordered Systems, Networks and Patterns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. G. Weisbuch
      Pages 52-67
    3. J. J. Koenderink
      Pages 68-77
    4. R. D. Levine
      Pages 78-86
  3. Structure Formation in Nonlinear Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. M. Lücke, M. Mihelcic, B. Kowalski, K. Wingerath
      Pages 97-116
    3. E. Knobloch, A. E. Deane, J. Toomre
      Pages 117-129
    4. L. Kramer, E. Bodenschatz, W. Pesch, W. Zimmermann
      Pages 130-141
    5. I. Rehberg, H. Riecke
      Pages 142-152
    6. M. Neveling, D. Lang, P. Haug, W. Güttinger, G. Dangelmayr
      Pages 153-165
    7. R. Meyer-Spasche, M. Wagner
      Pages 166-178
  4. Interfacial Patterns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. B. Caroli, C. Caroli, B. Roulet
      Pages 191-197
    3. D. A. Kessler, H. Levine
      Pages 198-208
  5. Diffusion Limited Aggregation and Fractals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. B. Röhricht, W. Metzler, J. Parisi, J. Peinke, W. Beau, O. E. Rössler
      Pages 275-281
  6. Chaos and Turbulence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. P. Coullet, C. Elphick, D. Repaux
      Pages 290-302
    3. K. Kirchgässner
      Pages 303-312
    4. H. Effinger, S. Grossmann
      Pages 346-351
  7. Bifurcations and Symmetry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 353-353
    2. J. Montaldi, M. Roberts, I. Stewart
      Pages 354-371
    3. D. Chillingworth
      Pages 372-386
    4. G. Dangelmayr, E. Knobloch
      Pages 387-393
    5. F. J. Wright, R. G. Cowell
      Pages 402-415
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 427-430

About these proceedings


The formation and evolution of complex dynamical structures is one of the most exciting areas of nonlinear physics. Such pattern formation problems are common in practically all systems involving a large number of interacting components. Here, the basic problem is to understand how competing physical forces can shape stable geometries and to explain why nature prefers just these. Motivation for the intensive study of pattern formation phenomena during the past few years derives from an increasing appreciation of the remarkable diversity of behaviour encountered in nonlinear systems and of universal features shared by entire classes of nonlinear processes. As physics copes with ever more ambi­ tious problems in pattern formation, summarizing our present state of knowledge becomes a pressing issue. This volume presents an overview of selected topics in this field of current interest. It deals with theoretical models of pattern formation and with simulations that bridge the gap between theory and experiment. The book is a product of the International Symposium on the Physics of Structure Formation, held from October 27 through November 2, 1986, at the Institute for Information Sciences of the University of Tiibingen. The symposium brought together a group of distinguished scientists from various disciplines to exchange ideas about recent advances in pattern formation in the physical sciences, and also to introduce young scientists to the fi


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Editors and affiliations

  • Werner Güttinger
    • 1
  • Gerhard Dangelmayr
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für InformationsverarbeitungUniversität TübingenTübingenFed. Rep. of Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-73003-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-73001-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-7389
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