Dynamical Systems

Examples of Complex Behaviour

  • Jürgen Jost

Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

About this book


Our aim is to introduce, explain, and discuss the fundamental problems, ideas, concepts, results, and methods of the theory of dynamical systems and to show how they can be used in speci?c examples. We do not intend to give a comprehensive overview of the present state of research in the theory of dynamical systems, nor a detailed historical account of its development. We try to explain the important results, often neglecting technical re?nements 1 and, usually, we do not provide proofs. One of the basic questions in studying dynamical systems, i.e. systems that evolve in time, is the construction of invariants that allow us to classify qualitative types of dynamical evolution, to distinguish between qualitatively di?erent dynamics, and to studytransitions between di?erent types. Itis also important to ?nd out when a certain dynamic behavior is stable under small perturbations, as well as to understand the various scenarios of instability. Finally, an essential aspect of a dynamic evolution is the transformation of some given initial state into some ?nal or asymptotic state as time proceeds. Thetemporalevolutionofadynamicalsystemmaybecontinuousordiscrete, butitturnsoutthatmanyoftheconceptstobeintroducedareusefulineither case.


Cellular Automata Chaos Dynamical Invariants Entropy Stability of dynamical systems automata information theory

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  • Jürgen Jost
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the SciencesLeipzigGermany

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