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Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA
This presentation will outline engineering design practices and relate them to the theory of nonlinear oscillations. First oscillators design date from 1920's and their theoretical justification was given by van der Pol during next decade. Ironically the van der Pol works, which gave rise to the theory of averaging and to Smale's horseshoe became virtually forgotten in electrical engineering from which they had arised. Why this had happenned and can the theory and design be brought together will be the main themes of the talk.