Standard Optimization Problems
“Which method is best?” is a question of perennial validity, and through the centuries we have required for it answers of increasing sophistication. When “best” can be assessed numerically, then this assessment may be regarded as a real valued function of the method under consideration which is to be optimized—either maximized or minimized. We are interested not only in the optimum values which can be achieved, but also in the method (or methods) which can produce these values.
KeywordsIsoperimetric Inequality Soap Film Isoperimetric Problem Brachistochrone Problem Geodesic Problem
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