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    Attractor dimensions

    Scholarpedia, 3(3):2110.(2008).

    Basin of Attraction

    Scholarpedia, 1(8):1701.(2006).


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    Controlling chaos

    Scholarpedia, 1(8):1699.(2006).

    Edward Ott

    Edward Ott (b. December, 1941) is a Distinguished University Professor, and Yuen Sang and Yuen Kit So Professor in the Department of Electric Engineering and the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is well-known for his fundamental works in the field of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos. He has been awarded the 2014 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of American Physical society for his most outstanding contributions in physics.

    Dr. Ott received his B.S (Electrical Engineering) from The Cooper Union in 1963. He earned his M.S. (1964) and Ph.D.(1967) in Electrophysics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Dr. Ott worked in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge as an NSF Postdoctoral fellow during 1967-1968. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Electric Engineering at Cornell University before taking up his present position at the University of Maryland (College Park) in 1979.

    Dr. Ott's research interests are Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos and Plasma theory. At Maryland, he did his most influential works on basic theory and applications of chaos including transitions in chaotic dynamics, controlling chaos, chaotic scattering, fractal basin boundaries, fractals, transport and Lagrangian chaos in fluids, fast magnetic dynamos and weather forecasting. His current research interests are the dynamics of large network of coupled systems, wave chaos and state estimation of large spatiotemporally chaotic systems.

    Dr. Ott has more than 375 research publications to his credit. He has authored the book titled Chaos in Dynamical Systems. He is also an editor of the book named Coping with Chaos - a collection of reprints on how to observe, quantify, and control chaos. Dr. Ott is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

    Prof. Edward Ott has been listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the world's 100 most cited physicists.

    (originally featured 21 December 2006)

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      Gowdy Spacetimes

      Robert H. Gowdy (2014), Scholarpedia, 9(3):31673.

      Gowdy Spacetimes have become useful test cases for studying the dynamics of Einstein's theory of General Relativity. Because they are simple enough to analyze and admit arbitrary wavelength gravitational waves, they provide... more Icon more.png

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      Painful touch

      Stuart Derbyshire (2014), Scholarpedia, 9(3):7962.

      Defining pain is not as straightforward as many might assume. Intuitively, it seems reasonable to define pain as the response to tissue damage or disease. Simply put, it hurts... more Icon more.png

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      Stick Insect Antennae

      Volker Dürr (2014), Scholarpedia, 9(2):6829.

      Insects have an elaborate sense of touch. Their most important source for tactile information is the pair of feelers on the head: the antennae... more Icon more.png

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      Exactly solvable models of nuclei

      Piet Van Isacker and Kristiaan Heyde (2014), Scholarpedia, 9(2):31279.

      Exactly solvable models have played an important role in the development of the nuclear shell model, in the advancement of our understanding of pairing properties in nuclei... more Icon more.png

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      Cricket acoustic communication

      Gerald Pollack (2014), Scholarpedia, 9(2):11999.

      Neuroethology of acoustic communication in crickets. Crickets sing to attract mates, to promote copulation, and in aggressive interactions with rivals. Only males... more Icon more.png

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