I would be very glad if someone could point me to modern reviews/surveys on these topics. To be concrete, I'll provide some examples:

So, I'm looking for texts that talk about current development of theory, milestone ideas, possible directions and open questions.

As I've already said, my topics of interest are dynamical systems and differential equations (primarily ODE). But other texts will be interesting too if their topics are closely related to these; e.g. PDEs, chaotic dynamics, symbolic dynamics, Hamiltonian systems, etc.

So, thanks in advance!


If no one doesn't mind, I would like to add from time to time interesting findings to this list.

  • $\begingroup$ First link (Holmes) is dead. But this works instead: chaosbook.org/library/HolmesNonlHist05.pdf $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2017 at 13:17
  • $\begingroup$ @HansLundmark Thank you very much for noticing that! I fixed the link :) $\endgroup$
    – Evgeny
    Dec 15, 2017 at 17:02
  • $\begingroup$ Hirsch's paper "The dynamical systems approach to differential equations" is also noteworthy in my opinion. $\endgroup$
    – Alp Uzman
    Dec 11, 2021 at 20:21

2 Answers 2


Smale also wrote a little book Mathematics of Time which, as I recall, is also a pretty good survey.

Another favorite of mine is Foundations of Mechanics by Abraham and Marsden.

  • $\begingroup$ Aha, so Smale's "Differentiable dynamical systems" is a part of Mathematics of time? That's curious, hope that I'll find this book soon $\endgroup$
    – Evgeny
    Oct 1, 2013 at 4:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Evgeny: I don't think Mathematics of Time includes all of Differentiable Dynamical Systems, but it might. Pretty sure MoT has some of DDS, though. It's a pretty cool little book, and inspired much of my early interest in dynamical systems. Hope you find it! $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2013 at 4:23

On ODEs and Chaos, I have the following recommendations:

1). This is a ~50 page document which describes some of the modern techniques of detecting chaos


If this short document intrigues you, here are some detailed texts:

2). Global bifurcations and chaos: Wiggins

3). Chaos near resonance by G. Haller

The above two are monographs, and quite recent (by mathematical time scales).

4). Symplectic maps, variational principles, and transport JD Meiss Reviews of Modern Physics 64 (3), 795

  • $\begingroup$ I had a look at Wiggins and Meiss: Wiggins' book seems very comprehensive and Meiss seems to be a quite great dive in for symplectic science. Thank you! $\endgroup$
    – Evgeny
    Oct 2, 2013 at 17:35

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .