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Springer Monographs in Mathematics

Direct Methods in the Theory of Elliptic Equations

Authors: Necas, Jindrich

  • A standard reference for the mathematical theory of linear elliptic equations and systems
  • Originally published 1967 in French
  • Any researcher using the theory of elliptic systems will benefit from this book
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Nečas’ book Direct Methods in the Theory of Elliptic Equations, published 1967 in French, has become a standard reference for the mathematical theory of linear elliptic equations and systems. This English edition, translated by G. Tronel and A. Kufner, presents Nečas’ work essentially in the form it was published in 1967. It gives a timeless and in some sense definitive treatment of a number issues in variational methods for elliptic systems and higher order equations. The text is recommended to graduate students of partial differential equations, postdoctoral associates in Analysis, and scientists working with linear elliptic systems. In fact, any researcher using the theory of elliptic systems will benefit from having the book in his library.

The volume gives a self-contained presentation of the elliptic theory based on the "direct method", also known as the variational method. Due to its universality and close connections to numerical approximations, the variational method has become one of the most important approaches to the elliptic theory. The method does not rely on the maximum principle or other special properties of the scalar second order elliptic equations, and it is ideally suited for handling systems of equations of arbitrary order. The prototypical examples of equations covered by the theory are, in addition to the standard Laplace equation, Lame’s system of linear elasticity and the biharmonic equation (both with variable coefficients, of course). General ellipticity conditions are discussed and most of the natural boundary condition is covered. The necessary foundations of the function space theory are explained along the way, in an arguably optimal manner. The standard boundary regularity requirement on the domains is the Lipschitz continuity of the boundary, which "when going beyond the scalar equations of second order" turns out to be a very natural class. These choices reflect the author's opinion that the Lame system and the biharmonic equations are just as important as the Laplace equation, and that the class of the domains with the Lipschitz continuous boundary (as opposed to smooth domains) is the most natural class of domains to consider in connection with these equations and their applications.

About the authors

Jindrich Necas, Professor Emeritus of the Charles University in Prague, Distinguished Researcher Professor at the University of Northern Illinois, DeKalb, Doctor Honoris Causa at the Technical University of Dresden, a leading Czech mathematician and a world-class researcher in the field of partial differential equations. Author or coauthor of 12 monographs, 7 textbooks, and 185 research papers. High points of his research include

  1. his contribution to boundary regularity theory for linear systems
  2. his contributions to regularity theory of variational integrals, such as his 1977 solution of a long-standing question directly to Hilbert’s 19th problem
  3. his contributions to mathematical theory of the Navier-stokes equations, including his 1995 solution of an important problem raised in a classical 1934 paper by J. Leray.

In 1998 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Czech Republic by President Václav Havel.

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“The book includes many important results published as well as unpublished by several authors and results by J. Nečas himself. In addition, there are numerous bibliographical hints and many remarks, examples, exercises and problems. … the book continues to be one of the classics of the Sobolev space setting of linear elliptic boundary value problems. … the now available English translation will be widely used by young researchers.” (Joachim Naumann, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1246, 2012)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Elementary Description of Principal Results

    Nečas, Jindřich

    Pages 1-47

  • The Spaces W k,p

    Nečas, Jindřich

    Pages 49-114

  • Existence, Uniqueness and Fundamental Properties of Solutions of Boundary Value Problems

    Nečas, Jindřich

    Pages 115-195

  • Regularity of the Solution

    Nečas, Jindřich

    Pages 197-246

  • Applications of Rellich’s Equalities and Their Generalizations to Boundary Value Problems

    Nečas, Jindřich

    Pages 247-279

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Direct Methods in the Theory of Elliptic Equations
Authors
Translated by
Tronel, G., Kufner, A.
Series Title
Springer Monographs in Mathematics
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-10455-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-10455-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-10454-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-27073-4
Series ISSN
1439-7382
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 372
Additional Information
Originally published in French "Les méthodes directes en théorie des équations elliptiques" by Academia, Praha, and Masson et Cie, Editeurs, Paris, 1967
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