Contemporary Mathematics 1987; 297 pp; softcover Volume: 64 ISBN10: 0821850679 ISBN13: 9780821850671 List Price: US$45 Member Price: US$36 Order Code: CONM/64
 Sonya Kovalevskaya was a distinguished mathematician and considered by her contemporaries to be among the best of her generation. Her work, ideas, and approach to mathematics are still relevant today, while her accomplishments continue to inspire women mathematicians. The academic year 198586 marked the 15th anniversary of the Association for Women in Mathematics and the 25th anniversary of the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Harvard Universityboth organizations that have enhanced women's role in mathematics. These two occasions provided a framework for a Kovalevskaya celebration, which included a symposium at Radcliffe College, and special sessions at the AMS meeting in Amherst, Massachusetts, both in October 1985. The papers in this collection were drawn from those two events. The first group of papers contains background material about Kovalevskaya's life and work, including a discussion of how she has been perceived by the mathematical community over the last century. The rest of the papers contain new mathematics and cover a wide variety of subjects in geometry, analysis, dynamical systems, and applied mathematics. They all involve, in one form or another, Kovalevskaya's main areas of interestdifferential equations and mathematical questions arising from physical phenomena. Table of Contents  A. H. Koblitz  Sofia Kovalevskaia: her life and work
 R. Cooke  Sonya Kovalevskaya's place in nineteenth century mathematics
 A. H. Koblitz  Changing views of Sofia Kovalevskaia
 D. M. DeTurck and C. S. Gordon  Isospectral metrics and finite Riemannian coverings
 J. Dodziuk, T. Pignaturo, B. Randol, and D. Sullivan  Estimating small eigenvalues of Riemann surfaces
 T. K. Milnor  A conformal analog of Bernstein's theorem for timelike surfaces in Minkowski 3space
 R. S. Palais and C.L. Terng  Geometry of canonical forms
 J. Taylor  Geometric analysis in crystalline media
 C.L. Terng  Some geometric developments related to Kowaleski's work
 P. Bauman  Largetime behavior of solutions to a scalar conservation law in several space dimensions
 H. Engler  Strong solutions for strongly damped quasilinear wave equations
 E. Previato  Flows on \(r\)gonal Jacobeans
 M. Shub and A. T. Vasquez  Some linearly induced MorseSmale systems, the QR algorithm, and the Toda lattice
 J. W. Cahn and J. E. Taylor  An introduction to quasicrystals
 E. Bombieri and J. E. Taylor  Quasicrystals, tilings, and algebraic number theory: some preliminary connections
