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The Multifaceted Family of the Nonlinear: Waves and Fields, Center Dynamics, Catastrophes, Rock Bands and Precipitation Patterns

  • P. Ortoleva
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Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 3)


In nonlinear partial differential systems almost anything can happen. And what is beautiful is that it does. However depressing this thought might be to those who like simple generalizations, it also serves to point out the beauty and great variation of the manifestations of the nonlinear in the bio-, geo- and other spheres around us. In the following set of brief comments on studies of nonlinear phenomena done with my colleagues and students I will emphasize the cascading open endedness of the realm of the nonlinear. I would like to state here that several of these projects were direct or indirect offshoots from the very enjoyable years I spent with Professor John Ross at M.I.T.


Reaction Diffusion System Behavior Surface Pade Approximant Chemical Wave Circular Wave 
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