Gutzwiller, Martin C. Thomas J. Watson Research Center, IBM Corporation, Yorktown Heights, New York.
- Linear versus nonlinear behavior
- Linearity in nonlinear systems
- Failure of perturbation theory
- Structure of motion in phase space
- KAM theorem
- Implications of nonlinearity
- Additional Readings
The study of situations where, in a general sense, cause and effect are not proportional to each other; or more precisely, if the measure of what is considered to be the cause is doubled, the measure of its effect is not simply twice as large. Many examples have been known in physics for a long time, and they seemed well understood. Over the last few decades, however, physicists have noticed that this lack of proportionality in some of the basic laws of physics often leads to unexpected complications, if not to outright contradictions. Thus, the term nonlinear physics refers more narrowly to these developments in the understanding of physical reality.
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