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Prelude

  • J. W. Thomas
Chapter
Part of the Texts in Applied Mathematics book series (TAM, volume 22)

Abstract

Numerical partial differential equations is a large area of study. The subject includes components in the areas of applications, mathematics and computers. These three aspects of a problem are so strongly tied together that it is virtually impossible to consider one in isolation from the other two. It is impossible (or at least fool-hardy) to consider the applied aspect of a problem without considering at least some of the mathematical and computing aspects of that problem. Often, the mathematical aspects of numerical partial differential equations can be developed without considering applications or computing, but experience shows that this approach does not generally yield useful results.

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. Thomas
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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