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In this book, Davies introduces the reader to the theory of partial differential operators, up to the spectral theorem for bounded linear operators on Banach spaces. He also describes the theory of Fourier transforms and distributions as far as is needed to analyze the spectrum of any constant coefficient partial differential operator. He also presents a completely new proof of the spectral theorem for unbounded self-adjoint operators and demonstrates its application to a variety of second order elliptic differential operators. Finally, the book contains a detailed account of the application of variational methods to estimate the eigenvalues of operators with measurable coefficients defined by the use of quadratic form techniques. Illustrated with many examples, it is well-suited to graduate-level work.Read more
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' … a new approach to the spectral theorem for self-adjoint unbounded operators … For readers with standard background in functional analysis and bounded operator theory the book can serve as a missing link to the more advanced literature.' Monatshefte für MathematikSee more reviews
' … a concise and nicely written introduction to many important areas of this vast mathematical discipline … This short book (180 pages) will be very useful both to students and researchers working in related areas of mathematics and physics.' European Mathematical Society
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- Date Published: November 1996
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521587105
- length: 196 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 151 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.274kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The fundamental ideas
2. The spectral theorem
3. Translation invariant operators
4. The variation methods
5. Further spectral results
6. Dirichlet boundary conditions
7. Neumann boundary conditions
8. Schrödinger operators.
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