From Calculus to Chaos
An Introduction to DynamicsBook - 1997
What is calculus really for? This book is a highly readable introduction to applications of calculus, from Newton's time to the present day. These often involve questions of dynamics, i.e. of how - and why - things change with time. Problems of this kind lie at the heart of much of appliedmathematics, physics, and engineering. From Calculus to Chaos takes a fresh approach to the subject as a whole, by moving from first steps to the frontiers, and by highlighting only the most important and interesting ideas, which can get lost amid a snowstorm of detail in conventional texts. Thebook is aimed at a wide readership, and assumes only some knowledge of elementary calculus. There are exercises (with full solutions) and simple but powerful computer programs which are suitable even for readers with no previous computing experience. David Acheson's book will inspire new studentsby providing a foretaste of more advanced mathematics and showing just how interesting the subject can be.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Characteristics: ix, 269 p. : ill.