Nonlinear Wave Dynamics

Complexity and Simplicity

  • Jüri Engelbrecht

Part of the Kluwer Texts in the Mathematical Sciences book series (TMS, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 167-185

About this book


At the end of the twentieth century, nonlinear dynamics turned out to be one of the most challenging and stimulating ideas. Notions like bifurcations, attractors, chaos, fractals, etc. have proved to be useful in explaining the world around us, be it natural or artificial. However, much of our everyday understanding is still based on linearity, i. e. on the additivity and the proportionality. The larger the excitation, the larger the response-this seems to be carved in a stone tablet. The real world is not always reacting this way and the additivity is simply lost. The most convenient way to describe such a phenomenon is to use a mathematical term-nonlinearity. The importance of this notion, i. e. the importance of being nonlinear is nowadays more and more accepted not only by the scientific community but also globally. The recent success of nonlinear dynamics is heavily biased towards temporal characterization widely using nonlinear ordinary differential equations. Nonlinear spatio-temporal processes, i. e. nonlinear waves are seemingly much more complicated because they are described by nonlinear partial differential equations. The richness of the world may lead in this case to coherent structures like solitons, kinks, breathers, etc. which have been studied in detail. Their chaotic counterparts, however, are not so explicitly analysed yet. The wavebearing physical systems cover a wide range of phenomena involving physics, solid mechanics, hydrodynamics, biological structures, chemistry, etc.


Mathematica continuum mechanics dynamics mechanics modeling nonlinear wave soliton

Authors and affiliations

  • Jüri Engelbrecht
    • 1
  1. 1.Estonian Academy of SciencesTallinnEstonia

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4833-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8891-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0927-4529
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