From Topology to Computation: Proceedings of the Smalefest

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This volume is a Festschrift for Stephen Smale's 60th birthday; most of the chapters are based on papers given at a symposium in his honor at the University of California at Berkeley. The contributions reflect the breadth of Smale's interests, ranging over a wide variety of fields in pure and applied mathematics. In addition, Smale has provided an autobiographical essay, as well as a record of the lively panel discussions at the symposium. The research contributions include papers on differential topology, ...

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Overview

This volume is a Festschrift for Stephen Smale's 60th birthday; most of the chapters are based on papers given at a symposium in his honor at the University of California at Berkeley. The contributions reflect the breadth of Smale's interests, ranging over a wide variety of fields in pure and applied mathematics. In addition, Smale has provided an autobiographical essay, as well as a record of the lively panel discussions at the symposium. The research contributions include papers on differential topology, mathematical economics, dynamical systems, on the theory of computation, on nonlinear functional analysis, and on various applications in the physical and biological sciences. All are currently active areas of interdisciplinary research.

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Proceedings of a conference at Berkeley, California in August 1990. The seminar contributors survey Stephen Smale's work on differential topology, economics, dynamical systems, the theory of computation, non-linear functional analysis and geometric mechanics. The surveys are complemented by lively discussions and a final panel. There are also research papers in the various disciplines affected by Smale, and four autobiographical essays. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461276487
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 605
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Table of Contents

1: Autobiographical Material.- 1 Some Autobiographical Notes.- 2 On How I Got Started in Dynamical Systems, 1959–1962.- 3 The Story of the Higher Dimensional Poincaré Conjecture (What Actually Happened on the Beaches of Rio).- 4 On the Steps of Moscow University.- 5 Professional Biography, Bibliography, and Graduate Students.- 2: Informal Talks.- 6 Luncheon Talk and Nomination for Stephen Smale.- 7 Some Recollections of the Early Work of Steve Smale.- 8 Luncheon Talk.- 9 Banquet Address at the Smalefest.- 3: Differential Topology.- 10 The Work of Stephen Smale in Differential Topology.- Discussions.- 11 Discussion.- 12 Note on the History of Immersion Theory.- Contributed Papers.- 13 The Smale—Hirsch Principle in Catastrophe Theory.- 4: Economics.- 14 Stephen Smale and the Economic Theory of General Equilibrium.- Discussions.- 15 Topology and Economics: The Contribution of Stephen Smale.- 16 Comments.- 5: Dynamical Systems.- 17 On the Contribution of Smale to Dynamical Systems.- Discussions.- 18 Discussion.- Contributed Papers.- 19 Recurrent Sets for Planar Homeomorphisms.- 20 Convergence of Finite-Element Solutions for Nonlinear PDEs.- 21 Ergodic Theory of Chaotic Dynamical Systems.- 22 Beyond Hyperbolicity: Expansion Properties of One-Dimensional Mappings.- 23 Induced Hyperbolicity, Invariant Measures, and Rigidity.- 24 On the Enumerative Geometry of Geodesies.- 25 A Relation Between Newton’s Method and Successive Approximations for Quadratic Irrationals.- 26 On Dynamical Systems and the Minimal Surface Equation.- 27 A New Zeta Function, Natural for Links.- 6: Theory of Computation.- 28 On the Work of Steve Smale on the Theory of Computation.- Discussions.- 29 Smale’s Work on the Dynamics of Numerical Analysis.- 30 Steve Smale and the Geometry of Ill-Conditioning.- 31 On Smale’s Work in the Theory of Computation: From Polynomial Zeros to Continuous Complexity.- Contributed Papers.- 32 The Gödel Incompleteness Theorem and Decidability over a Ring.- 33 Ill-Posed Problem Instances.- 34 Cohomology of Braid Groups and Complexity.- 35 The Dynamics of Eigenvalue Computation.- 36 On the Role of Computable Error Estimates in the Analysis of Numerical Approximation Algorithms.- 37 Applications of Topology to Lower Bound Estimates in Computer Science.- 38 On the Distribution of Roots of Random Polynomials.- 39 A General NP-Completeness Theorem.- 40 Some Remarks on Bezout’s Theorem and Complexity Theory.- 41 Some Results Relevant to Smale’s Reports.- 42 Error Estimates of Ritz—Gelerkin Methods for Indefinite Elliptic Equations.- 7: Nonlinear Functional Analysis.- 43 Smale and Nonlinear Analysis: A Personal Perspective.- Discussion.- 44 Discussion.- 8: Applications.- 45 Steve Smale and Geometric Mechanics.- Discussion.- 46 Smale’s Topological Program in Mechanics and Convexity.- 47 Discussion.- Contributed Papers.- 48 On Paradigm and Method.- 49 Dynamical Systems and the Geometry of Singularly Perturbed Differential Equations.- 50 Cellular Dynamata.- 51 Rough Classification of Integrable Hamiltonians on Four-Dimensional Symplectic Manifolds.- 9: Final Panel.- 52 Final Panel.

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