Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society 2003; 130 pp; softcover Volume: 164 ISBN10: 0821833383 ISBN13: 9780821833384 List Price: US$62 Individual Members: US$37.20 Institutional Members: US$49.60 Order Code: MEMO/164/783
 The goal of this work is to describe the dynamics of generic homeomorphisms of certain compact metric spaces \(X\). Here "generic" is used in the topological sense  a property of homeomorphisms on \(X\) is generic if the set of homeomorphisms with the property contains a residual subset (in the sense of Baire category) of the space of all homeomorphisms on \(X\). The spaces \(X\) we consider are those with enough local homogeneity to allow certain localized perturbations of homeomorphisms; for example, any compact manifold is such a space. We show that the dynamics of a generic homeomorphism is quite complicated, with a number of distinct dynamical behaviors coexisting (some resemble subshifts of finite type, others, which we call `generalized adding machines', appear strictly periodic when viewed to any finite precision, but are not actually periodic). Such a homeomorphism has infinitely many, intricately nested attractors and repellors, and uncountably many distinct dynamicallyconnected components of the chain recurrent set. We single out several types of these "chain components", and show that each type occurs densely (in an appropriate sense) in the chain recurrent set. We also identify one type that occurs generically in the chain recurrent set. We also show that, at least for \(X\) a manifold, the chain recurrent set of a generic homeomorphism is a Cantor set, so its complement is open and dense. Somewhat surprisingly, there is a residual subset of \(X\) consisting of points whose limit sets are chain components of a type other than the type of chain components that are residual in the space of all chain components. In fact, for each generic homeomorphism on \(X\) there is a residual subset of points of \(X\) satisfying a stability condition stronger than Lyapunov stability. Readership Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in dynamical systems and ergodic theory. Table of Contents  Introduction
 Attractors and chain recurrence
 Periodic decompositions and adding machines
 Semicontinuity and homogeneity
 Crushing arguments
 Topological horseshoes
 Generic homeomorphisms
 Almost equicontinuity
 Cantor sets
 The circle
 Crushing the chain recurrent set
 Generic homeomorphisms on manifolds
 Generic mappings on manifolds
 Bibliography
 Index
