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Traveling Wave Solutions of Parabolic Systems
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 448

Traveling Wave Solutions of Parabolic Systems

The theory of travelling waves described by parabolic equations and systems is a rapidly developing branch of modern mathematics. This book presents a general picture of current results about wave solutions of parabolic systems, their existence, stability, and bifurcations. With introductory material accessible to non-mathematicians and a nearly complete bibliography of about 500 references, this book is an excellent resource on the subject.

The desense of nonfense
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 84

The desense of nonfense

Poetry. "Megan Volpert excavates the heart of nonfense with a surgeon's scalpel and a poet's umbrella on an operating table. Equal parts whimsy, collision, and erudition, this is an amazing pop linguistics addition to the literature of the de-sensive"--Daphne Gottlieb. "Not since the Nature Theater of Oklahoma has such a cast of characters been recruited in the name of narrative theory and good clean fun. Starring icons of culture high and low, from Slavoj Zizek to Simon Cowell, from Akira Kurosawa to Will Ferrell, Volpert's essay on nonsense is a Technicolor triumph"--Jena Osman.

Knots, Links, Braids, and 3-manifolds
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 239

Knots, Links, Braids, and 3-manifolds

This book is an introduction to the remarkable work of Vaughan Jones and Victor Vassiliev on knot and link invariants and its recent modifications and generalizations, including a mathematical treatment of Jones-Witten invariants. It emphasizes the geometric aspects of the theory and treats topics such as braids, homeomorphisms of surfaces, surgery of 3-manifolds (Kirby calculus), and branched coverings. This attractive geometric material, interesting in itself yet not previously gathered in book form, constitutes the basis of the last two chapters, where the Jones-Witten invariants are constructed via the rigorous skein algebra approach (mainly due to the Saint Petersburg school). Unlike several recent monographs, where all of these invariants are introduced by using the sophisticated abstract algebra of quantum groups and representation theory, the mathematical prerequisites are minimal in this book. Numerous figures and problems make it suitable as a course text and for self-study.

An Introduction to Algebraic Geometry
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 246

An Introduction to Algebraic Geometry

This introduction to algebraic geometry allows readers to grasp the fundamentals of the subject with only linear algebra and calculus as prerequisites. After a brief history of the subject, the book introduces projective spaces and projective varieties, and explains plane curves and resolution of their singularities. The volume further develops the geometry of algebraic curves and treats congruence zeta functions of algebraic curves over a finite field. It concludes with a complex analytical discussion of algebraic curves. The author emphasizes computation of concrete examples rather than proofs, and these examples are discussed from various viewpoints. This approach allows readers to develop a deeper understanding of the theorems.

Sign-based Methods in Linear Statistical Models
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 234

Sign-based Methods in Linear Statistical Models

For nonparametric statistics, the last half of this century was the time when rank-based methods originated, were vigorously developed, reached maturity, and received wide recognition. The rank-based approach in statistics consists in ranking the observed values and using only the ranks rather than the original numerical data. In fitting relationships to observed data, the ranks of residuals from the fitted dependence are used. The signed-based approach is based on the assumption that random errors take positive or negative values with equal probabilities. Under this assumption, the sign procedures are distribution-free. These procedures are robust to violations of model assumptions, for ins...

Asymptotic Methods in the Theory of Gaussian Processes and Fields
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 206

Asymptotic Methods in the Theory of Gaussian Processes and Fields

This book is devoted to a systematic analysis of asymptotic behavior of distributions of various typical functionals of Gaussian random variables and fields. The text begins with an extended introduction, which explains fundamental ideas and sketches the basic methods fully presented later in the book. Good approximate formulas and sharp estimates of the remainders are obtained for a large class of Gaussian and similar processes. The author devotes special attention to the development of asymptotic analysis methods, emphasizing the method of comparison, the double-sum method and the method of moments. The author has added an extended introduction and has significantly revised the text for this translation, particularly the material on the double-sum method.

Algebraic Geometry: From algebraic varieties to schemes
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 154

Algebraic Geometry: From algebraic varieties to schemes

Beginning algebraic geometers are well served by Uneno's inviting introduction to the language of schemes. Grothendieck's schemes and Zariski's emphasis on algebra and rigor are primary sources for this introduction to a rich mathematical subject. Ueno's book is a self-contained text suitable for an introductory course on algebraic geometry.

Second Order Elliptic Equations and Elliptic Systems
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 246

Second Order Elliptic Equations and Elliptic Systems

There are two parts to the book. In the first part, a complete introduction of various kinds of a priori estimate methods for the Dirichlet problem of second order elliptic partial differential equations is presented. In the second part, the existence and regularity theories of the Dirichlet problem for linear and nonlinear second order elliptic partial differential systems are introduced. The book features appropriate materials and is an excellent textbook for graduate students. The volume is also useful as a reference source for undergraduate mathematics majors, graduate students, professors, and scientists.

Local Properties of Distributions of Stochastic Functionals
  • Language: en

Local Properties of Distributions of Stochastic Functionals

This book investigates the distributions of functionals defined on the sample paths of stochastic processes. It contains systematic exposition and applications of three general research methods developed by the authors. (i) The method of stratifications is used to study the problem of absolute continuity of distribution for different classes of functionals under very mild smoothness assumptions. It can be used also for evaluation of the distribution density of the functional. (ii) The method of differential operators is based on the abstract formalism of differential calculus and proves to be a powerful tool for the investigation of the smoothness properties of the distributions. (iii) The s...

Fire Engineering and Emergency Planning
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 576

Fire Engineering and Emergency Planning

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2006-01-31
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Protection against fire and prevention of explosion is vital in a modern industrial economy. This published proceedings of the First European Conference on Fire Engineering and Emergency Planning provides an authoritative base of materials covering the latest research, applications and hypotheses as a cumulative reference work and a platform for exchanges of ideas within the academic fire community.