Communications in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 99, Issue 2, pp 177–195 | Cite as

On the concept of attractor

  • John Milnor


This note proposes a definition for the concept of “attractor,” based on the probable asymptotic behavior of orbits. The definition is sufficiently broad so that every smooth compact dynamical system has at least one attractor.


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  • John Milnor
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  1. 1.Institute for Advanced StudyPrincetonUSA

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