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Mathematical Methods in Physics


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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Spaces of Test Functions.- Schwartz Distributions.- Calculus for Distributions.- Distributions as Derivatives of Functions.- Tensor Products.- Convolution Products.- Applications of Convolution.- Holomorphic Functions.- Fourier Transformations.- Distributions as Boundary Values of Analytic Functions.- Other Spaces of Generalized Functions.- Sobolev Spaces.- Hilbert Spaces: A Brief Historical Introduction.- Inner Product Spaces and Hilbert Spaces.- Geometry of Hilbert Spaces.- Separable Hilbert Spaces.- Direct Sums and Tensor Products.- Topological Aspects.- Linear Operators.- Quadratic Forms.- Bounded Linear Operators.- Special Classes of Linear Operators.- Elements of Spectral Theory.- Compact Operators.- Hilbert-Schmidt and Trace Class Operators.- The Spectral Theorem.- Some Applications of the Spectral Representation.- Spectral Analysis in Rigged Hilbert Spaces.- Operator Algebras and Positive Mappings.- Positive Mappings in Quantum Physics.- Introduction.- Direct Methods in the Calculus of Variations.- Differential Calculus on Banach Spaces and Extrema of Functions.- Constrained Minimization Problems (Method of Lagrange Multipliers).- Boundary and Eigenvalue Problems.- Density Functional Theory of Atoms and Molecules.- Appendices.- Index.

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Philippe Blanchard is Professor of Mathematical Physics at Bielefeld University in Germany. Erwin Bruening is a Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.


"This book gives a detailed survey on mathematical methods in physics ... . The book is very suitable for students of physics, mathematics or engineering with a good background in analysis and linear algebra. ... All in all, the book has a high didactical and scientific quality so that it can be recommended for both graduate students and researchers." (Michael Demuth, zbMATH 1330.46001, 2016)

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