Synopses & Reviews
This text presents concepts on chaos in discrete time dynamics that are accessible to anyone who has taken a first course in undergraduate calculus. Retaining its commitment to mathematical integrity, the book, originating in a popular one-semester middle level undergraduate course, constitutes the first elementary presentation of a traditionally advanced subject.
Here is a textbook that presents ideas about chaos in discrete time dynamics in a form where they should be accessible to anyone who has taken a first course in undergraduate calculus. Remarkably, it manages to do so without discarding a commitment to mathematical substance and rigour.
Textbook on chaos; class-tested, elementary but rigorous, with applications and lots of pictures and exercises.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Making predictions; 2. Mappings and orbits; 3. Periodic orbits; 4. Asymptotic orbits I: linear and affine mappings; 5. Asymptotic orbits II: differentiable mappings; 6. Families of mappings and bifurcations; 7. Graphical composition, wiggly iterates and zeros; 8. Sensitive dependence; 9. Ingredients of chaos; 10. Schwarzian derivatives and 'woggles'; 11. Changing coordinates; 12. Conjugacy; 13. Wiggly iterates, Cantor sets and chaos; Index.