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Summer Study Program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Chaos.
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA
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The explosive growth of dynamical system theory stem in large part from the realization that it is applicable to many natural phenomena. Indeed, much of the theoretical dvelopment has been sparked by numerical and laboratory experiments which exhibit ordered sequences of behavior that call for a general framework of interpretation. Five lectures exposed us to elementaty examples of bifurcation and chaos, to symmetry breaking, normal forms and temporal and spatial disorder, as well as to pertinent fluid mechanical and astrophysical phenomena. In addition are the development with an elegant summary of different types of intermittency Seminars on phase instability and turbulence as an extension of the lecture series and the fascinating correspondence between the frequencies observed in one recent fluid mechanics experiments and results from number theory relating the Fibonacci series to the golden mean.
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