Fractals and Chaos Simplified for the Life Sciences

Paperback | December 1, 1997

byLarry S. Liebovitch

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Fractals and chaos are currently generating excitement across various scientific and medical disciplines. Biomedical investigators, graduate students, and undergraduates are becoming increasingly interested in applying fractals and chaos (nonlinear dynamics) to a variety of problems in biologyand medicine. This accessible text lucidly explains these concepts and illustrates their uses with examples from biomedical research. The author presents the material in a very unique, straightforward manner which avoids technical jargon and does not assume a strong background in mathematics. Thetext uses a step-by-step approach by explaining one concept at a time in a set of facing pages, with text on the left page and graphics on the right page; the graphics pages can be copied directly onto transparencies for teaching. Ideal for courses in biostatistics, fractals, mathematical modelingof biological systems, and related courses in medicine, biology, and applied mathematics, Fractals and Chaos Simplified for the Life Sciences will also serve as a useful resource for scientists in biomedicine, physics, chemistry, and engineering.

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Fractals and chaos are currently generating excitement across various scientific and medical disciplines. Biomedical investigators, graduate students, and undergraduates are becoming increasingly interested in applying fractals and chaos (nonlinear dynamics) to a variety of problems in biologyand medicine. This accessible text lucidly ...

Larry S. Liebovitch is at Center for Complex Systems, Florida Atlantic University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 10.91 × 8.39 × 0.51 inPublished:December 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195120248

ISBN - 13:9780195120240

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Table of Contents

Part I. FRACTALS1. Introduction2. Self-Similarity3. Scaling4. Dimension5. Statistical Properties6. SummaryPart II. CHAOS1. Introduction2. Phase Space3. Sensitivity to Initial Conditions4. Bifurcations5. Analyzing Data6. Control of Chaos7. SummaryPart III. OTHER METHODS1. The Big PictureReferencesIllustration CreditsIndex

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"Excellent programmed text on chaos. Clearer than most other sources I've seen. Good biological examples."--David Katerndahl, MD, University of Texas HSC-San Antonio