Why Nonsmooth?

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Perhaps we should wrap up this volume by asking why nonsmooth dynamics is the subject of a three month Intensive Research Program at the CRM (February to April 2016), why it was the subject of more than 2000 papers published in 2015 (and only 700 in the year 2000; data from Thomson Reuters Web of Science), and why it is a growing presence at international conferences involving mathematics and its applications. We briefly survey here why discontinuity is not only important in modeling real-world systems, but is also a fundamental property of many nonlinear systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts Spring 2016
Subtitle of host publicationNonsmooth Dynamics
PublisherBirkhäuser Basel
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783319556420
ISBN (Print)9783319556413
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2017

Publication series

NameTrends in Mathematics
PublisherBirkhäuser Basel
ISSN (Print)2297-0215


  • Smooth System
  • Smooth Dynamical System
  • Switching Layer
  • Nonsmooth Dynamic
  • Smooth Dynamic


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