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Review of "Chaos: An Introduction to Dynamical Systems," by Kathleen T.Alligood, Tim D. Sauer, and James A. Yorke. Reviewed by J. A. Riall.American Scientist, September-October 1997, pages 487-488. (Alsoreviewed in Physics Today by J. D. Crawford, November 1997, pages67-68.)

According to the review, this book provides an excellent basic introduction tothe theory of dynamical systems. Readers are assumed to have mathematicalbackground that includes calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations.While not intended for the lay reader, the book "is by far the most completeintroduction to chaos theory available in a single text." the reviewer writes.

--- Allyn Jackson