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Linear and Nonlinear Waves

Linear and Nonlinear Waves
Author: G. B. Whitham
ISBN 13: 9780471359425
ISBN 10: 471359424
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Publication Date: 1999-07-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 660
List Price: $186.00

Now in an accessible paperback edition, this classic work is just as relevant as when it first appeared in 1974, due to the increased use of nonlinear waves. It covers the behavior of waves in two parts, with the first part addressing hyperbolic waves and the second addressing dispersive waves. The mathematical principles are presented along with examples of specific cases in communications and specific physical fields, including flood waves in rivers, waves in glaciers, traffic flow, sonic booms, blast waves, and ocean waves from storms.


Reprint of the 1974 edition, with no additions or emendations. Intended for first- and second-year graduate students of applied mathematics, as well as engineering and physics students. Discusses hyperbolic waves, and related subjects such as Burgers' equation, gas and shock dynamics, and wave hierarchies; and dispersive waves and related subjects such as water waves and nonlinear dispersion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)