Visualization and Dynamical Systems

  • John Hubbard
Part of the Mathematics and Visualization book series (MATHVISUAL)


When asked to explain what my mathematics is about, I often answer by showing pictures illustrating the behavior of the dynamical systems I study. Non-mathematicians usually respond with interest, at least polite interest but sometimes much more. They often express amazement that my pictures are in any way related to mathematics. Mathematicians are also often interested, but many (fewer as time goes on) dismiss what I do as some sort of “fad math” devoid of theorems.


Computer Graphic Periodic Point Unstable Manifold Polite Interest Tohoku Math 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Hubbard
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsCornell UniversityMalot Hall, IthacaUSA

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