Name: matthew r tokle
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Date: Around 1995

Question:
I need help researching a topic on Chaotic Motion and the Lorenzian water-
wheel.

Replies:
A popular, and so probably available, source is Chaos: Making a New Science
by James Gleick (Viking Press, 1987). This paperback is written in a quite
non-mathematical style. The author goes out of his way to avoid equations
and even symbols. See page 27 for the water wheel and nearby find more
examples of chaotic motion. Two recent textbooks with a calculus prerequi-
site are decent mathematical introductions to the subject of chaos and
related issues. Encounters with Chaos by Denny Gulick (McGraw Hill, 1992)
and A First Course in Chaotic Dynamical Systems by Robert L. Devaney
(Addison Wesley, 1992) both stay quite well within the calculus only
requirements. The latter poses some nice computer experiments to illustrate
theory and the weaknesses of computers in demonstrating it in some circum-
stances.

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