CONTACT GEOMETRY AND NONLINEAR DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
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CONTACT GEOMETRY AND NONLINEAR DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS

Methods from contact and symplectic geometry can be used to solve highly non-trivial nonlinear partial and ordinary differential equations without resorting to approximate numerical methods or algebraic computing software. This book explains how it's done. It combines the clarity and accessibility of an advanced textbook with the completeness of an encyclopedia. The basic ideas that Lie and Cartan developed at the end of the nineteenth century to transform solving a differential equation into aproblem in geometry or algebra are here reworked in a novel and modern way. Differential equations are considered as a part of contact and symplectic geometry, so that all the machinery of Hodge-deRham calculus can be applied. In this way a wide class of equations can be tackled, including quasi-linear equations and Monge-Ampere equations (which play an important role in modern theoretical physics and meteorology).
Editora: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN: 0521824761
ISBN13: 9780521824767
Edição: 1ª Edição - 2007
Número de Páginas: 518
Acabamento: HARDCOVER
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