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Dynamical Systems III

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  • © 1988


Part of the book series: Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences (EMS, volume 3)

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This work describes the fundamental principles, problems, and methods of elassical mechanics focussing on its mathematical aspects. The authors have striven to give an exposition stressing the working apparatus of elassical mechanics, rather than its physical foundations or applications. This appara­ tus is basically contained in Chapters 1, 3,4 and 5. Chapter 1 is devoted to the fundamental mathematical models which are usually employed to describe the motion of real mechanical systems. Special consideration is given to the study of motion under constraints, and also to problems concerned with the realization of constraints in dynamics. Chapter 3 is concerned with the symmetry groups of mechanical systems and the corresponding conservation laws. Also discussed are various aspects of the theory of the reduction of order for systems with symmetry, often used in applications. Chapter 4 contains abrief survey of various approaches to the problem of the integrability of the equations of motion, and discusses some of the most general and effective methods of integrating these equations. Various elassical examples of integrated problems are outlined. The material pre­ sen ted in this chapter is used in Chapter 5, which is devoted to one of the most fruitful branches of mechanics - perturbation theory. The main task of perturbation theory is the investigation of problems of mechanics which are" elose" to exact1y integrable problems.

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From the reviews: "... As an encyclopaedia article, this book does not seek to serve as a textbook, nor to replace the original articles whose results it describes. The book's goal is to provide an overview, pointing out highlights and unsolved problems, and putting individual results into a coherent context. It is full of historical nuggets, many of them surprising. ... The examples are especially helpful; if a particular topic seems difficult, a later example frequently tames it. The writing is refreshingly direct, never degenerating into a vocabulary lesson for its own sake. The book accomplishes the goals it has set for itself. While it is not an introduction to the field, it is an excellent overview. ..." American Mathematical Monthly, Nov. 1989 "This is a book to curl up with in front of a fire on a cold winter's evening. ..." SIAM Reviews, Sept. 1989

Editors and Affiliations

  • Steklov Mathematical Institute, Moscow, USSR

    Vladimir I. Arnold

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Dynamical Systems III

  • Editors: Vladimir I. Arnold

  • Series Title: Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-662-02535-2Published: 17 April 2013

  • Series ISSN: 0938-0396

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 294

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations

  • Additional Information: Original Russian edition published by VINITI, Moscow 1985

  • Topics: Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics, Analysis

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