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Six themes on variation

Author: Steven J Cox; R Hardt
Publisher: Providence, RI : American Mathematical Society, ©2004.
Series: Student mathematical library, v. 26.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The calculus of variations is a subject with a rich history and with origins in the minimization problems of calculus. Although it is now at the core of many modern mathematical fields, it does not have a well-defined place in most undergraduate mathematics courses or curricula. This small volume should nevertheless give the undergraduate reader a sense of its great character and importance."--Jacket.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven J Cox; R Hardt
ISBN: 0821837206 9780821837207
OCLC Number: 56614288
Description: xi, 153 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Calculus of variations : what does "variations" mean? / Frank Jones --
How many equilibria are there? An introduction to Morse theory / Robin Forman --
Aye, there's the rub : an inquiry into why a plucked string comes to rest / Steven J. Cox --
Proof of the double bubble conjecture / Frank Morgan --
Minimal surfaces, flat cone spheres and moduli spaces of staircases / Michael Wolf --
Hold that light! Modeling of traffic flow by differential equations / Barbara Lee Keyfitz.
Series Title: Student mathematical library, v. 26.
Responsibility: Steven J. Cox [and others] ; Robert M. Hardt, editor.

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