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Oxford University Press
06 November 2014
This book translates important topics of advanced classical physics, usually the rarefied domain of physics graduate classes, into simple language accessible to undergraduate students majoring in the physical sciences and engineering. It presents a unifying approach to the physics of chaos, nonlinear systems, dynamic networks, evolutionary dynamics, econophysics and the theory of relativity. All of these topics share a common foundation in which complex dynamics are represented as simple trajectories. This approach is called geometric mechanics, and advanced concepts in general relativity or network theory become straightforward explorations of geometric curves. Each chapter has many worked examples and simple computer simulations that allow the student to explore the rich phenomena of nonlinear physics.
By:   David D. Nolte (Edward M. Purcell Distinguished Professor of Physics Edward M. Purcell Distinguished Professor of Physics Purdue University)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 252mm,  Width: 195mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   1.104kg
ISBN:   9780199657032
ISBN 10:   0199657033
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   06 November 2014
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Part I: Geometric Mechanics 1: Physics and Geometry 2: Hamiltonian Dynamics and Phase Space Part II: Nonlinear Dynamics 3: Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos 4: Coupled Oscillators and Synchronization 5: Network Dynamics Part III: Complex Systems 6: Neurodynamics and Neural Networks 7: Evolutionary Dynamics 8: Economic Dynamics Part IV: Relativity and Space-Time 9: Metric Spaces and Geodesic Motion 10: Relativistic Dynamics 11: The General Theory of Relativity and Gravitation

David D. Nolte is Edward M. Purcell Distinguished Professor of Physics at Purdue University and is an internationally recognized researcher in laser photonics. He received his baccalaureate from Cornell University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of over 160 journal papers, has secured 14 US patents in applied optics and biophotonics, and is the technical founder of two small start-up companies: Perfinity, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company, and Animated Dynamics LLC, a cancer therapeutics company, both located in West Lafayette, IN. David is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a Research Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and a Presidential Young Investigator of the National Science Foundation. In 2005 he received the Herbert Newby McCoy Award, which is the highest scientific honor awarded by Purdue University.

Reviews for Introduction to Modern Dynamics: Chaos, Networks, Space and Time

In Introduction to Modern Dynamics, David D. Nolte ... provides us with a textbook for an alternative, and in many ways a more up-to-date, version of the classical mechanics course. Robert C. Hilborn, American Journal of Physics Introduction to Modern Dynamics strikes me as two books in one: a beginning graduate-level modern analyticalmechanics text emphasizing geometric techniques and a survey for advanced undergraduates of some current topics in the dynamics of complex systems. The bifurcation is an understandable consequence of the need to accommodate the perhaps outdated dictates of the traditional advanced undergraduate mechanics course. Noltes book is a bold attempt toward updating and energizing the physics curriculum. David Feldman, Physics Today Physicists in the twenty-first century will surely be called upon to address the many complex problems facing society using methods formulated in the nineteenth-century but enhanced by the powerful computers that are now ubiquitous. This book lays the groundwork for that undertaking and covers topics that should be part of the training of every undergraduate physics major Julien Clinton Sprott, author of Chaos and Time-Series Analysis

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