9R10. Regular and Chaotic Oscillations. Foundations of Engineering Mechanics. - PS Landa (Dept of Phys, Moscow State Univ, Vorobyovy Gory, Moscow, 119899, Russia). Springer-Verlag, Berlin. 2001. 395 pp. ISBN 3-540-41001-5. $79.95.
Reviewed by RA Ibrahim (Dept of Mech Eng, Wayne State Univ, 5050 Anthony Wayne Dr, Rm 2119 Engineering Bldg, Detroit MI 48202).
Professor Polina Landa is a well known physicist for her work in the area of nonlinear oscillations and has significant contributions in both deterministic and stochastic nonlinear dynamical systems. In this book, she has made an excellent attempt to establish the general laws of oscillation theory for a wide spectrum of mechanical and physical problems. This reviewer believes that she has succeeded in achieving that goal.
The book begins with an introduction that classifies dynamical systems and different types of analytical models. Next, there is one chapter summarizing the main analytical techniques commonly used in analyzing nonlinear...