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Global Analysis of Minimal Surfaces

Benefits

  • Together with vol.

  • 340 it is the long expected 2nd edition of the Grundlehren vol.

  • First part is the extension of the results treated in volumes 339 and 340 Second Part contains a "global theory of minimal surfaces" as envisioned by Smale

Book

Part of the Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften book series (GL, volume 341)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Free Boundaries and Bernstein Theorems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ulrich Dierkes, Stefan Hildebrandt, Anthony J. Tromba
      Pages 3-35
    3. Ulrich Dierkes, Stefan Hildebrandt, Anthony J. Tromba
      Pages 37-133
    4. Ulrich Dierkes, Stefan Hildebrandt, Anthony J. Tromba
      Pages 135-246
  3. Global Analysis of Minimal Surfaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Ulrich Dierkes, Stefan Hildebrandt, Anthony J. Tromba
      Pages 249-297
    3. Ulrich Dierkes, Stefan Hildebrandt, Anthony J. Tromba
      Pages 299-400
    4. Ulrich Dierkes, Stefan Hildebrandt, Anthony J. Tromba
      Pages 401-475
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 477-537

About this book

Introduction

Many properties of minimal surfaces are of a global nature, and this is already true for the results treated in the first two volumes of the treatise. Part I of the present book can be viewed as an extension of these results. For instance, the first two chapters deal with existence, regularity and uniqueness theorems for minimal surfaces with partially free boundaries. Here one of the main features is the possibility of "edge-crawling" along free parts of the boundary. The third chapter deals with a priori estimates for minimal surfaces in higher dimensions and for minimizers of singular integrals related to the area functional. In particular, far reaching Bernstein theorems are derived. The second part of the book contains what one might justly call a "global theory of minimal surfaces" as envisioned by Smale. First, the Douglas problem is treated anew by using Teichmüller theory. Secondly, various index theorems for minimal theorems are derived, and their consequences for the space of solutions to Plateau´s problem are discussed. Finally, a topological approach to minimal surfaces via Fredholm vector fields in the spirit of Smale is presented.

Keywords

49Q05,53A05, 53A07, 53B20, 35J20, 35J47, 35J50, 35J75, 49Q20 calculus of variations conformal mappings differential geometry minimal surfaces regularity theory conformal map geometry global analysis Minimal surface solution Topologie vector field

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of MathematicsUniversity of DuisburgDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.Mathematical InstituteUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  3. 3.Baskin 621B, Department of MathematicsUniversity of California at Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA

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Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

“The most complete and thorough record of the ongoing efforts to justify Lagrange’s optimism. … contain a wealth of new material in the form of newly written chapters and sections … . a compilation of results and proofs from a vast subject. Here were true scholars in the best sense of the word at work, creating their literary lifetime achievements. They wrote with love for detail, clarity and history, which makes them a pleasure to read. … will become instantaneous classics.” (Matthias Weber, The Mathematical Association of America, June, 2011)