© 1985

Nonlinear Phenomena in Physics

Proceedings of the 1984 Latin American School of Physics, Santiago, Chile, July 16–August 3, 1984

  • Francisco Claro
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Mathematical Methods and General

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mitchell J. Feigenbaum
      Pages 2-15
    3. Pierre Coullet
      Pages 16-69
    4. R. K. Bullough, D. J. Pilling, J. Timonen
      Pages 103-128
    5. B. A. Huberman
      Pages 129-137
  3. Quantum Optics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. H. M. Nussenzveig
      Pages 162-225
  4. Fluids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
  5. Astrophysics and General Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. G. Contopoulos
      Pages 238-254
  6. High Energy Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. John Ellis
      Pages 294-343
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 441-444

About these proceedings


It was almost four hundred years ago that Galileo wrote in Il Saggiatore that the "Book of Nature is written in mathema ti ca 1 characters". Thi s sentence, i nspi red at the dawn of physics has proved with the passage of time to contain a deep truth and also a warning: in order to understand Nature, first we must learn to read mathema­ tical characters. Indeed, writing physical law in such characters has proved not as hard as unraveling the content of the resulting equations. In particular, the lack of knowledge in the field of nonlinear mathematics has been a severe limita­ tion in the past. Thus the solution to equations such as the Navier-Stokes equation in fluid dynamics has remained elusive. The recent advent of fast computers and some important analytical and numerical results in the study of bifurcations and nonlinear waves have encouraged work both in theory and experiment involving non­ linear phenomena. An explosive growth in the specialized literature penetrating most research areas in physics in the last few years has ensued. This book contains the most recent advances in nonlinear physics in various fields including astrophysics, gravitation, particle physics, quantum optics, fluid dynamics and the mathematics underlying the phenomena of chaos and nonlinear waves. It presents a selection from the lectures delivered at the XXI '_atin American School of Physics held in Santiago, Chile in July-August 1984 (EtAF'84).


Navier-Stokes equation Particle Physics Phenomena fluid dynamics optics

Editors and affiliations

  • Francisco Claro
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultad de FisicaPontificia Universidad Catolica de ChileSantiagoChile

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