Item description for Chaos for Engineers: Theory, Applications, and Control by Tomasz Kapitaniak...
Chaos occurs widely in both natural and man-made systems. Recently, examples of the potential usefulness of chaotic behavior have caused growing interest among engineers and applied scientists. In this book the new mathematical ideas in nonlinear dynamics are described in such a way that engineers can apply them to real physical systems.From a review of the first edition by Prof. El Naschie, University of Cambridge: "Small is beautiful and not only that, it is comprehensive as well. These are the spontaneous thoughts which came to my mind after browsing in this latest book by Prof. Thomas Kapitaniak, probably one of the most outstanding scientists working on engineering applications of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos today. A more careful reading reinforced this first impression....The presentation is lucid and user friendly with theory, examples, and exercises."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 26, 2000
ISBN 3540665749 ISBN13 9783540665748
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More About Tomasz Kapitaniak
Kapitaniak-Technical University of Lodz
Tomasz Kapitaniak has an academic affiliation as follows - Technical Univ. of Lodz, Poland Technical University of Lodz, Poland.
Reviews - What do customers think about Chaos for Engineers: Theory, Applications, and Control?
Good as a supplement Jun 27, 2006
This book is good as a supplement to someone who already knows the subject matter; its style may be discouraging for many starters since many details are not provided, maybe because of its size. Additionally, the book suffers many production errors that can affect its readability. Many symbols are used in equations without proper definitions, and there are numerous typographical errors that can be of concern to the reader; for example, in 24 in section 2.3 it mentions integration of equation 2.18, while actually equation 2.18 is on page 28, section 2.6. Unfortunately, there is no list of errata, so use it with care.
Good for culture, not for analysis ! Jan 30, 2001
If you like ODE's in the context of engineering applications, this book is for you. Unfortunately, if you're interested in analyzing and modeling some practical dynamic system, this is probably of no use. It mainly describes systems for which there are already known closed-form equations describing the dynamics, and shows where and why chaos comes from. It may help you if you're dealing with a mechanical system that can be easily modelled by a set of ODE's but it is not analytic enough to be useful for poeple involved into modeling and analysis of a completely new dynamic system for which no equations already exist.
I think that books on "chaos theory" are far better like : "Chaos theory tamed", "Fractals, chaos and power laws"...
For people interested in time series analysis whith chaotic looking data, please don't skip the exceptionnal : "Nonlinear Time Series Analysis" from Kantz and Schreiber ! This is an absolutely amazing book : if you need one book for helping you to analyze your data, this one will do the job !
"Chaos for engineers" probably doesn't deserve the time and the money, unless you want to get some "chaos theory culture" in the context of engineering applications.