Dimension theory in dynamical systems: contemporary views by Yakov B. Pesin

By Yakov B. Pesin

The ideas of symmetry and self-similarity constitution nature's most lovely creations. for instance, they're expressed in fractals, recognized for his or her appealing yet advanced geometric constitution, that's the topic of analysis in measurement concept. And in dynamics the presence of invariant fractals usually leads to risky "turbulent-like" motions and is linked to "chaotic" behavior.

In this e-book, Yakov Pesin introduces a brand new region of study that has lately seemed within the interface among size concept and the speculation of dynamical platforms. targeting invariant fractals and their impact on stochastic homes of platforms, Pesin offers a finished and systematic remedy of contemporary size thought in dynamical structures, summarizes the present nation of study, and describes crucial accomplishments of this field.

Pesin's synthesis of those topics of extensive present study curiosity should be liked either through complicated mathematicians and by means of a variety of scientists who rely on mathematical modeling of dynamical processes.

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