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Nonlinear Physics For Beginners

Fractals, Chaos, Solitons, Pattern Formation, Cellular Automata and Complex Systems

Nonlinear Physics For Beginners
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Almost all real systems are nonlinear. For a nonlinear system the superposition principle breaks down: The system's response is not proportional to the stimulus it receives; the whole is more than the sum of its parts. The three parts of this book contains the basics of nonlinear science, with applications in physics. Part I contains an overview of fractals, chaos, solitons, pattern formation, cellular automata and complex systems. In Part II, 14 reviews and essays by pioneers, as well as 10 research articles are reprinted. Part III collects 17 students projects, with computer algorithms for simulation models included.

The book can be used for self-study, as a textbook for a one-semester course, or as supplement to other courses in linear or nonlinear systems. The reader should have some knowledge in introductory college physics. No mathematics beyond calculus and no computer literacy are assumed.

Contents: Overview: Introduction; Fractals; Chaos; Solitons; Pattern Formation; Cellular Automata; Complex Systems; Remarks and Further Reading; Reprints: Fractals; Chaos; Solitons; Pattern Formation; Cellular Automata and Complex Systems; Projects: Computational; Theoretical; Experimental.

Readership: Nonlinear physicists.