Abstract. We explore recursion theory on the reals, the analog counterpart of recursive function theory. In recursion theory on the reals, the discrete operations of standard recursion theory are replaced by operations on continuous functions, such as composition and various forms of differential equations. We define classes of real recursive functions, in a manner similar to the classical approach in recursion theory, and we study their complexity. In particular, we prove both upper and lower bounds for several classes of real recursive functions, which lie inside the primitive recursive functions and, therefore, can be characterized in terms of standard computational complexity.
Key words: Continuous-time computation, differential equations, recursion theory, computational complexity.