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Solitons: An Introduction (Cambridge Texts in Applied Mathematics) [Paperback]

by P. G. Drazin, R. S. Johnson
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March 31, 1989 0521336554 978-0521336550 2
Solitons: An Introduction discusses the theory of solitons and its diverse applications to nonlinear systems that arise in the physical sciences. Drazin and Johnson explain the generation and properties of solitons, introducing the mathematical technique known as the Inverse Scattering Tranform. Their aim is to present the essence of inverse scattering clearly, rather than rigorously or completely. Thus, the prerequisites are merely what is found in standard courses on mathematical physics and more advanced material is explained in the text with useful references to further reading given at the end of each chapter. Worked examples are frequently used to help the reader follow the various ideas and the exercises at the end of each chapter not only contain applications but also test understanding. Answers, or hints to their solution, are given at the end of the book. Sections and exercises that contain more difficult material are indicated by asterisks.

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"...should find an enthusiastic following, and the author is to be congratulated on a job well done." American Scientist

"...a fine book, certainly the one that I would choose as the text for an introductory course on solitons." SIAM Review

"All things considered, I cannot think of a clearer introduction to the subject from a mathematical point of view." Physics Today

" excellent book, achieving its goals both concisely and comprehensively." John G. Harris, Applied Mechanics Review

Book Description

The mathematical technique known as the Inverse Scattering Transform is introduced clearly, rather than rigorously, in an explanation of the generation and properties of solitons and their applications.

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  • Series: Cambridge Texts in Applied Mathematics (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (March 31, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521336554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521336550
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars a good introduction to the inverse scattering method September 23, 2011
The short text by Drazin and Johnson on Solitons discusses a method called the "inverse scattering transform", developed predominately in the 1950s and 1960s, to solve certainly "slightly" nonlinear, dispersive equations such as the Korteweg de Vries equation (KdV). Although the book is short, it adequately presents the method, through informal discussion and examples, such as applying it to the KdV, so that the method can be understood as a practical computational approach. In fact, there are many explicit computational examples in the text to illustrate the method, both in simple applications to the KdV and in more general cases, such as matrix equations.

The inverse scattering method is, in itself, rather beautiful, and transforms the nonlinear equation under consideration into exact linear integral equations, whose formal solutions can be discussed in terms of spectral decompositions. I liken the approach to solving the quadratic equation by "completing the square".

The authors also place the method in context of broader studies of nonlinear equations. For example, a brief presentation indicating the physical significance of the KdV is provided that shows that this equation is expected to have some fairly general applicability, and that solitons can be expected as somewhat general features to observe in nature. Other discussions consider the mathematics of solitons in more abstract settings, and there is a short discussion of numerical methods and results at the end of the book.

Many problems are provided at the end of each chapter. The problems take one through the previous chapter and force re-examination, more careful consideration and overall review, point by point sequentially of what was discussed in the chapter.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Many badly printed pages July 2, 2002
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I am still in the process of learning solitons from this book, hence it is not very easy for me to offer an opinion of the merits of the book. But I assume that there is a whole batch of copies out there with awful printing quality between pages 117 and 147. The ink from the one side of each page has penetrated almost all the way to the other side making the reading very tedious. I returned my first copy, only to have it replaced with one having exactly the same problem
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