In recent years, the Russian language has several excellent books on the theory of catastrophes: Arnold In. AND. The theory of catastrophes.- M.: T5-воМГУ, 1983; Of T. Stewart, I. Catastrophe theory and its applications.- M: Mir, 1980; Arnold In. AND., Варченко And. N., Gusein-Zade With. M. Singularities of diferentiable mappings. In 2 volumes. T. 1.-M: Nauka, 1982; T. 2.Slowdown; Brecker, T. L. LanderThe germs of differentiable and catastrophe.- M: Mir, 1977; M Golubitsky., Гийемин In. Stable mappings and their singularities.- M: Mir, 1977; R. Gilmore Applied theory of catastrophes. In 2 volumes.- M: Mir, 1984. Note also closely adjacent to the subjects of collection of translations "Strange attractors".- M: Mir, 1981. For the attention of the soviet readers of the book of the famous English scientist J.. Thompson will take among them a decent place. She almost does not interfere with the publications and written in a different style. This is not a monograph and not a textbook, but rather a kind of guide to the literature, containing a popular summary of the main ideas, often appealing to the physical intuition (and certain knowledge of the reader. The author illustrates the ideas on болыцом including well-chosen examples.