Universitext

Hamiltonian Structures and Generating Families

Authors: Benenti, Sergio

  • Enhanced version of Russian first edition
  • Focuses on Hamiltonian mechanics, as well as the application of modern mathematical methods of symplectic geometry and topology in geometrical optics, thermostatics and control theory
  • Self-contained with full details of basic notions of calculus on manifolds in the first two chapters
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About this Textbook

This book is an enhanced version of an earlier Russian edition. Besides thorough revisions, more emphasis was put on reordering the topics according to a category-theoretical view. This allows the mathematical results to be stated, proved, and understood in a much easier and elegant way.

From the reviews of the Russian edition:

"The main accent is shifted to the application . . . in geometrical optics, thermostatics and control theory, and not to the Hamiltonian mechanics only. . . . To make the book fairly self-contained, full details of basic definitions and all proofs are included. In this way, the majority of the text can be read without the prerequisite of a course in geometry. The excellent collection of examples illustrates the relatively hard and highly abstract mathematical theory and its hidden difficulties. . . . The book can rise real interest for specialists . . . .  The . . . book is a significant input in the modern symplectic geometry and its applications."
(Andrey Tsiganov, St. Petersburg State University)

Sergio Benenti is a professor of mathematical physics at Università di Torino, Italy. His current fields of research include symplectic geometry with applications to physical theories, Riemannian geometry with applications to the theory of the separation of variables in the Hamilton-Jacobi equation and in other relevant differential equations of physics, and mathematical models of the dynamics of non-holonomic systems.

About the authors

Sergio Benenti is a professor of mathematical physics at Università di Torino, Italy. His current fields of research include symplectic geometry with applications to physical theories, Riemannian geometry with applications to the theory of the separation of variables in the Hamilton-Jacobi equation and in other relevant differential equations of physics, and mathematical models of the dynamics of non-holonomic systems.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book gives the basic definitions and results as well as some physical instances where the theory is applied, of Hamiltonian systems in terms of Lagrangian submanifolds and their generating families. … This new work gives an improved presentation of the theoretical part and deeper developments of its applications. … This book is aimed at both undergraduate and graduate students … in Algebra and Geometry. … Specialists will also find a nice reference in this book … .” (Marco Castrillon Lopez, The European Mathematical Society, May, 2013)
 
“The book under review is an enhanced version of a first edition in Russian; it deals with Hamiltonian structures that are often encountered in mathematical models of different physical phenomena. … The reader can find substantial bibliography and a detailed index at the end. The book is well organized, the exposition is rigorous and clear. It should attract interest of graduate students and researchers interested in the modern symplectic geometry and its applications.” (Yuri V. Rogovchenko, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1233, 2012)

"…In this book the main accent is shifted to the application of modern mathematical methods of symplectic geometry and topology in geometrical optics, thermostatics and control theory, and not to the Hamiltonian mechanics only. … To make the book fairly self-contained, full details of basic definitions and all proofs are included. In this way, the majority of the text can be read without the prerequisite of a course in geometry. The excellent collection of examples illustrates the relatively hard and highly abstract mathematical theory and its hidden difficulties. …The book can rise real interest for specialists, as the presentation follows the best classical traditions of Italian geometric school (Levi-Civita, etc) and differs from the style of Russian mathematics. The … book is a significant input in the modern symplectic geometry and its applications…” (Andrey Tsiganov, St. Petersburg State University)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hamiltonian Structures and Generating Families
Authors
Series Title
Universitext
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-1499-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-1499-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-1498-8
Series ISSN
0172-5939
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 258
Number of Illustrations and Tables
50 b/w illustrations
Topics