Date: 11/20/95 at 21:46:54 From: Anonymous Subject: Catastrophe Theory Hey guys. I'm in a precarious situation. For a math/science research paper, my topic of choice is Catastrophe Theory. It would be appreciated if you would help me find references on the subject that would be available to me through the Internet. My only references so far are two books by A.E.R. Woodcock, one of the pioneers of the field. Thank you for your time and consideration. Thomas Walsh - Cocco155@aol.com
Date: 11/20/95 at 22:25:42 From: Doctor Sarah Subject: Re: Catastrophe Theory Hi there - Check out Rene Thom (Sept 2 1923 - ) on the Web at http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Thom.html "Thom is known for his development of catastrophe theory, a mathematical treatment of continuous action producing a discontinuous result. Thom's theory is an attempt to describe, in a way that is impossible using differential calculus, those situations in which gradually changing forces lead to so-called catastrophes, or abrupt changes. The theory has widespread application in the physical and biological sciences and in the social sciences. Presented by Thom in Structural Stability and Morphogenesis (1972), the theory has been developed by many mathematicians. His earlier work had made him well known before he worked on catastrophe theory. His work on topology, in particular as one of the early developers of cobordism, was very important." Also: Catastrophe Theory Semantics http://www.cs.indiana.edu/hyplan/gasser/Grounding/port_comments.txt Peter Bogh Andersen's Homepage http://imv.aau.dk/~pba/ An Introduction to Catastrophe Theory (Saunders) http://www.cup.org/Titles/23/052123042X.html Abstract: The Discontinuity of Human Existence. Parts I & II. http://www.psl.ku.dk:80/~ccrc/ole_elstrup_abstract_1.html http://www.psl.ku.dk:80/~ccrc/ole_elstrup_abstract_2.html To find more sites, search the WWW using MetaCrawler at http://metacrawler.cs.washington.edu:8080/index.html -Doctor Sarah, The Geometry Forum
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