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Classical Methods in Ordinary Differential Equations: With Applications to Boundary Value Problems
Stuart P. Hastings, University of Pittsburgh, PA, and J. Bryce McLeod, Oxford University, England, and University of Pittsburgh, PA

Graduate Studies in Mathematics
2012; 373 pp; hardcover
Volume: 129
ISBN-10: 0-8218-4694-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-4694-0
List Price: US$67
Member Price: US$53.60
Order Code: GSM/129
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This text emphasizes rigorous mathematical techniques for the analysis of boundary value problems for ODEs arising in applications. The emphasis is on proving existence of solutions, but there is also a substantial chapter on uniqueness and multiplicity questions and several chapters which deal with the asymptotic behavior of solutions with respect to either the independent variable or some parameter. These equations may give special solutions of important PDEs, such as steady state or traveling wave solutions. Often two, or even three, approaches to the same problem are described. The advantages and disadvantages of different methods are discussed.

The book gives complete classical proofs, while also emphasizing the importance of modern methods, especially when extensions to infinite dimensional settings are needed. There are some new results as well as new and improved proofs of known theorems. The final chapter presents three unsolved problems which have received much attention over the years.

Both graduate students and more experienced researchers will be interested in the power of classical methods for problems which have also been studied with more abstract techniques. The presentation should be more accessible to mathematically inclined researchers from other areas of science and engineering than most graduate texts in mathematics.

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Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in ODEs and PDEs.


"This book brings a new and innovative look to several areas of the theory of ordinary differential equations. It is certainly a very refreshing addition to the existing literature. Students of mathematics who have avoided (for various reasons) differential equations need this volume as an antidote. ...a most informative, stimulating, and refreshing book!"

-- MAA Reviews

"This well-conceived and well-presented monograph uniquely provides us an opportunity to learn how these experts analyze a wide variety of boundary value problems of current interest and how they interpret and utilize the relevant recent literature. The skills they display are potent, and they're not found in other textbooks."

-- Robert E. O'Malley, SIAM Book Reviews

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