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In 438 alphabetically-arranged essays, this work provides a useful overview of the core mathematical background for nonlinear science, as well as its applications to key problems in ecology and biological systems, chemical reaction-diffusion problems, geophysics, economics, electrical and mechanical oscillations in engineering systems, lasers and nonlinear optics, fluid mechanics and turbulence, and condensed matter physics, among others.
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Alwyn Scott is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona and a former professor of informatics and mathematical modelling at the Technical University of Denmark.Review:
"Scott's encyclopedia provides an overview of the mathematical background, as well as applications to key problems ranging from economics to engineering. The impressive roster of contributors offers more than 400 well-written, concise, well-illustrated articles that include excellent bibliographies. Related references and an excellent index add breadth and depth to the encyclopedia's usefulness. The price is justified considering the breadth and depth of coverage... Highly recommended."
-"Choice, May, 2005
"This reference will help undergraduate and graduate students in the physical and biological sciences appreciate how concepts of nonlinear science are presently understood and applied. Teachers of science and research scientists who are unfamiliar with nonlinear concepts will use this book to expand their horizons."
-"SciTech Book News, June, 2005
"This book conveys the fascinating array of phyical phenomena that can be analyzed by nonlinear methods... This useful and interesting reference work is well done... It is recommended for university libraries serving science majors and graduate students."
-"Reference & User Services Quarterly, Fall 2005
"A truly international effort... Those consulting this work for background information on a particular topic will find themselves led in unexpected directions to unanticipated bit of knowledge... This "Encyclopedia will be of interest to practicing scientists who wish to learn more about the nonlinear revolution and to philosophers and historians of science...The "Encyclopedia of Nonlinear Science should be on the shelf of every group working in applied science, and in the personal collections of many scientists."
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