By Tobias Holck Colding, William P. Minicozzi II

Minimum surfaces date again to Euler and Lagrange and the start of the calculus of adaptations. a number of the innovations built have performed key roles in geometry and partial differential equations. Examples contain monotonicity and tangent cone research originating within the regularity idea for minimum surfaces, estimates for nonlinear equations in accordance with the utmost precept coming up in Bernstein's classical paintings, or even Lebesgue's definition of the imperative that he built in his thesis at the Plateau challenge for minimum surfaces. This booklet starts off with the classical conception of minimum surfaces and finally ends up with present learn themes. Of some of the methods of impending minimum surfaces (from complicated research, PDE, or geometric degree theory), the authors have selected to target the PDE facets of the idea. The ebook additionally includes many of the functions of minimum surfaces to different fields together with low dimensional topology, common relativity, and fabrics technology. the single necessities wanted for this publication are a uncomplicated wisdom of Riemannian geometry and a few familiarity with the utmost precept

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