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Equivalence, Invariants and Symmetry

Equivalence, Invariants and Symmetry

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  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521101042

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  • Drawing on a wide range of mathematical disciplines, including geometry, analysis, applied mathematics and algebra, this book presents an innovative synthesis of methods used to study problems of equivalence and symmetry which arise in a variety of mathematical fields and physical applications. Systematic and constructive methods for solving equivalence problems and calculating symmetries are developed and applied to a wide variety of mathematical systems, including differential equations, variational problems, manifolds, Riemannian metrics, polynomials and differential operators. Particular emphasis is given to the construction and classification of invariants, and to the reductions of complicated objects to simple canonical forms. This book will be a valuable resource for students and researchers in geometry, analysis, algebra, mathematical physics and other related fields.

    • Includes numerous exercises and historical details
    • Theory is illustrated by many examples and applications
    • Style is not overly technical
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    '... contains so much useful information ... I am sure that the book will fulfil its author's intention and serve as a catalyst for the further development of this fascinating and fertile mathematical field.' J. A. G. Vickers, Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society

    '... there is no room for doubt about the author's authority in the subject. As a definitive work at its price every mathematics research library should have a copy.' J. F. Toland, Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society

    'The book should be warmly recommended to graduate students of mathematics and mathematical physics.' European Mathematical Society Newsletter

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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521101042
    • length: 544 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 7 tables 147 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Geometric foundations
    2. Lie groups
    3. Representation theory
    4. Jets and contact transformations
    5. Differential invariants
    6. Symmetries of differential equations
    7. Symmetries of variational problems
    8. Equivalence of coframes
    9. Formulation of equivalence problems
    10. Cartan's equivalence method
    11. Involution
    12. Prolongation of equivalence problems
    13. Differential systems
    14. Frobenius' theorem
    15. The Cartan–Kahler existence theorem.

  • Author

    Peter J. Olver, University of Minnesota

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