Strange attractors as a mathematical explanation of turbulence

  • David Ruelle
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 12)


We discuss a mechanism for the generation of turbulence in viscous fluids. According to this mechanism, first proposed by D. Ruelle and F. Takens [9], the solutions of the equations of motion describing a turbulent flow are asymptotic to “strange attractors.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Ruelle
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  1. 1.Institute for Advanced StudyPrinceton

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