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Symmetry Methods for Differential Equations: A Beginner's Guide - Cambridge Texts in Applied Mathematics 22 (Hardback)
  • Symmetry Methods for Differential Equations: A Beginner's Guide - Cambridge Texts in Applied Mathematics 22 (Hardback)

Symmetry Methods for Differential Equations: A Beginner's Guide - Cambridge Texts in Applied Mathematics 22 (Hardback)

Hardback 228 Pages / Published: 13/02/2000
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Symmetry is the key to solving differential equations. There are many well-known techniques for obtaining exact solutions, but most of them are special cases of a few powerful symmetry methods. Furthermore, these methods can be applied to differential equations of an unfamiliar type; they do not rely on special 'tricks'. Instead, a given differential equation is forced to reveal its symmetries, which are then used to construct exact solutions. This book is a straightforward introduction to the subject, and is aimed at applied mathematicians, physicists, and engineers. The presentation is informal, using many worked examples to illustrate the main symmetry methods. It is written at a level suitable for postgraduates and advanced undergraduates, and is designed to enable the reader to master the main techniques quickly and easily. The book contains methods that have not previously appeared in a text. These include methods for obtaining discrete symmetries and integrating factors.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521497039
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 247 x 174 x 17 mm

'Hydon's book stands out as perhaps the best introductory level text currently available ... Hydon's book is extremely well-written, and a welcome addition to the literature on Lie's methods. The author has clearly devoted a lot of effort to pedagogical details, and the exposition is designed to effortlessly bring the beginning student up to speed in basic applications of the method.' Peter Olver, ZAMM
'I really enjoyed reading this book and I am planning on using some parts for one of my next courses.' Monatshefte fur Mathematik
'... a nice introduction to symmetry methods for ordinary and partial differential equations written with passion by a specialist ... after a few pages it becomes clear that the book is written in a lucid and precise manner.' Zentralblatt MATH
'This new book by Peter Hydon ... is eminently suitable for advanced undergraduates and beginning postgraduate students ... Overall I thoroughly recommend this book and believe that it will be a useful textbook for introducing students to symmetry methods for differential equations.' Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics
'Throughout the text numerous examples are worked out in detail and the exercises have been well chosen. this is the most readable text on this material I have seen and I would recommend the book for self-study (as an introduction).' MathSciNet
'It is very suitable for, and is specifically aimed at, postgraduate courses in the field. it is the more enjoyable for being written with infectious enthusiasm and there is a good selection of examples.' Mathematical Gazette

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