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CBMS Regional Conference Series in Mathematics
1983; 79 pp; softcover
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Order Code: CBMS/53
This book contains expository lectures from the CBMS Regional Conference held at the University of Florida, 1982.
The author considers a space formed by all closed curves in which the closed geodesics are characterized as the critical points of a functional, an idea going back to Morse. This exposition gives a refined version of Morse's approach which has several advantages over the old one--in particular, it possesses a canonical \(\mathbf O(2)\)-action.
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