A discussion of the fundamental changes that occur when dynamical systems from the fields of nonlinear optics, solids, hydrodynamics and biophysics are scaled down to nanosize. The authors are leading scientists in the field and each of their contributions provides a broader introduction to the specific area of research.
Gunter Radons holds a Chair for Complex Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics at the Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany. His main research interests cover the application of the theory of complex systems to natural sciences and engineering. He is organizer and chair of many interdisciplinary symposia and workshops on this topic and has edited books on the topic. Benno Rumpf works within his group on topic problems of nonlinear dynamics. He is responsible for the research activities on nonlinear wave processes and discretes breathers. Heinz-Georg Schuster heads the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Christian Albrecht University Kiel, Germany. His research activities include the study of nonlinear systems by methods of statistical mechanics, applying analytical as well as numerical tools. Motivations are taken from neurobiological and biologically adaptive systems in order to design statistical models of their basic properties. He gathered much experience as author and editor of both scientific and popular publications.