This book considers the theory of partial differential equations as the language of continuous processes in mathematical physics. This is an interdisciplinary area in which the mathematical phenomena are reflections of their physical counterparts. The author traces the development of these mathematical phenomena in different natural sciences, with examples drawn from mechanics, electrodynamics, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics. At the same time, the author traces the interrelation between the different types of problems--elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic--as the mathematical counterparts of stationary and evolutionary processes.
This combination of mathematical comprehensiveness and natural scientific motivation represents a step forward in the presentation of the classical theory of PDEs, one that will be appreciated by students and researchers in applied mathematics and mathematical physics |