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Offline Øyvind

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Recommendations needed: Book on the calculus of variations
« on: April 18, 2008, 04:27:16 PM »
Since there seems to be a lot of physicists and mathematicians here, I figured I'd ask this.

I need a book that covers the calculus of variations, university level.

Anyone know what's good? I don't mind if it covers other topics as well, but I'd like to read into the subject matter a bit more thoroughly than what is possible with my book on lagrangian mechanics.
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Re: Recommendations needed: Book on the calculus of variations
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2008, 08:04:43 PM »
Just saw this, Øyvind, sorry about the late response.  I always think of the calculus of variations as an old-fashioned topic, and I wouldn't bother looking for something really current.  Gelfand and Fomin is a classic  Maybe a bit more thorough than readable.
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Re: Recommendations needed: Book on the calculus of variations
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2008, 02:13:31 PM »
Just saw your response. Thanks, fellswooper. I'll check it out. :)
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