Historical Developments in Singular Perturbations

Historical Developments in Singular Perturbations

by Robert E. O'Malley

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Historical Developments in Singular Perturbations by Robert E. O'Malley

This engaging text describes the development of singular perturbations, including its history, accumulating literature, and its current status. While the approach of the text is sophisticated, the literature is accessible to a broad audience. A particularly valuable bonus are the historical remarks. These remarks are found throughout the manuscript. They demonstrate the growth of mathematical thinking on this topic by engineers and mathematicians.

The book focuses on detailing how the various methods are to be applied. These are illustrated by a number and variety of examples. Readers are expected to have a working knowledge of elementary ordinary differential equations, including some familiarity with power series techniques, and of some advanced calculus.

Dr. O'Malley has written a number of books on singular perturbations. This book has developedfrom many of his works in the field of perturbation theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319363820
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 08/31/2016
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robert O'Malley is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington.Dr. O'Malley has studied Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at the University of New Hampshire where he received his baccalaureate and masters degrees.He received his doctorate in Mathematics from Stanford University in 1966.Dr. O'Malley serves on a number of boards, including advisory committees for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Electric Power Research Institute, and Argonne National Laboratory.

Table of Contents

Preface.- Ludwig Prandtl's Boundary Layer Theory.- Asymptotic Approximations.- The Method of Matches Asymptotic Expansions and Its Generalizations.- Wendepunkts and Canards (Turning Points and Delayed Bifurcations).- Two-timing, Geometric, and Multi-scale Methods.- A Simple Multi-scale Procedure for Both Oscillatory and Boundary Layer Problems.- References.- Index.

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Ferdinand Verhulst, Professor at the Mathematisch Instituut, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, writing for SIAM May 15, 2015

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