Shock Waves and Reaction—Diffusion Equations

  • Joel Smoller

Part of the Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften book series (GL, volume 258)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Basic Linear Theory

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      Pages 1-1
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  3. Reaction—Diffusion Equations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
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  4. The Theory of Shock Waves

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      Pages 237-237
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  5. The Conley Index

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      Pages 445-445
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 557-584

About this book


. . . the progress of physics will to a large extent depend on the progress of nonlinear mathe­ matics, of methods to solve nonlinear equations . . . and therefore we can learn by comparing different nonlinear problems. WERNER HEISENBERG I undertook to write this book for two reasons. First, I wanted to make easily available the basics of both the theory of hyperbolic conservation laws and the theory of systems of reaction-diffusion equations, including the generalized Morse theory as developed by C. Conley. These important subjects seem difficult to learn since the results are scattered throughout the research journals. 1 Second, I feel that there is a need to present the modern methods and ideas in these fields to a wider audience than just mathe­ maticians. Thus, the book has some rather sophisticated aspects to it, as well as certain textbook aspects. The latter serve to explain, somewhat, the reason that a book with the title Shock Waves and Reaction-Diffusion Equations has the first nine chapters devoted to linear partial differential equations. More precisely, I have found from my classroom experience that it is far easier to grasp the subtleties of nonlinear partial differential equations after one has an understanding of the basic notions in the linear theory. This book is divided into four main parts: linear theory, reaction­ diffusion equations, shock wave theory, and the Conley index, in that order. Thus, the text begins with a discussion of ill-posed problems.


Partielle Differentialgleichung Stosswelle bifurcation conservation law differential equation diffusion entropy equilibrium hyperbolic equation invariant partial differential equation solution topology wave wave equation

Authors and affiliations

  • Joel Smoller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-0154-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-0152-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0072-7830
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