Methods for Simplifying Dynamical Systems

  • Stephen Wiggins
Part of the Texts in Applied Mathematics book series (TAM, volume 2)


When one thinks of simplifying dynamical systems, two approaches come to mind: one, reduce the dimensionality of the system and two, eliminate the nonlinearity. Two rigorous mathematical techniques that allow substantial progress along both lines of approach are center manifold theory and the method of normal forms. These techniques are the most important, generally applicable methods available in the local theory of dynamical systems, and they will form the foundation of our development of bifurcation theory in Chapter 3.


Vector Field Periodic Orbit Normal Form Invariant Manifold Stable Manifold 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Wiggins
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  1. 1.Department of Applied MechanicsCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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