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Thirty-Three Years of Nonlinear Dynamics: More is Different and Less is More

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Date and time Mar 22, 2007
from 05:10 PM to 06:00 PM
Location McLennan Physics (MP) 102
Host Ted Shepherd

Phil Holmes

In the early 1970's dynamical systems theory was just reapproaching earth after a 70-year sojourn in the stratosphere of pure mathematics. Catastrophe theory was hot (if controversial), complexity was yet to come, and some prominent mechanicians and applied mathematicians told me that chaos didn't exist, or would be irrelevant if it did. I will review some of the successes and failures of nonlinear dynamics since that time, traveling back to check its origins in the work of Poincare, and returning to current frontiers in infinite-dimensional evolution equations, hybrid and piecewise-smooth systems, and stochastic models.

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