From Calculus to Chaos
"A fascinating and unpretentious sweep through the subject....It would
make an ideal course text at undergraduate level....partly because of the
light writing style, but mainly due to the truly lovely selection of
illustrative examples and exercises."
Maths & Stats Newsletter
"The author has been really successful in combining very intuitive
mathematics with very intuitive physics in a highly readable
book....for first-year courses on applied calculus, dynamics or
introductory physics....It will also be very useful to science teachers
in schools and to general readers...who wish to use their home
computers to keep up with an important aspect of physical science."
European Journal of Physics
"In From Calculus to Chaos, David Acheson manages to bridge the
gap, tie the topic into the undergraduate curriculum, throw in some
history and practical techniques, and tell readers about the
experimental basis of dynamical systems theory - all this without being
Ian Stewart in New Scientist
"This is a delightful introductory text on classical mechanics, with a
very modern flavour.....highly recommended."
Journal of Fluid Mechanics
"A beautiful historical review of physical mathematics from Newton and
Leibniz to the late 20th century."
"Acheson's book is an attractive and clear presentation of the
evolution of ideas in nonlinear dynamics. Mathematicians,
physicists and engineers from all levels will find it rewarding
"A friendly introduction to dynamics that uses historical vignettes,
well-chosen examples and computer simulation to survey the field."
Mathematical Association of America
"An enjoyable excursion.....I
recommend it to anyone who - like myself -
knows calculus better than
"This book is a delightful collection of instructive worked
examples....enriched with many asides about the history and applications
of the mathematics."
"....falls into the category of 'books I would have
liked to have
read in high school and first year in college, and then I would have been
much better off '. "