By Alexander Barvinok

Convexity is an easy concept that manifests itself in a stunning number of areas. This fertile box has an immensely wealthy constitution and diverse purposes. Barvinok demonstrates that simplicity, intuitive allure, and the universality of purposes make educating (and studying) convexity a pleasurable event. The publication will profit either instructor and pupil: you'll comprehend, pleasing to the reader, and comprises many routines that change in measure of hassle. total, the writer demonstrates the facility of some uncomplicated unifying rules in a number of natural and utilized difficulties.

The inspiration of convexity comes from geometry. Barvinok describes right here its geometric points, but he makes a speciality of functions of convexity instead of on convexity for its personal sake. Mathematical purposes diversity from research and likelihood to algebra to combinatorics to quantity thought. numerous very important components are coated, together with topological vector areas, linear programming, ellipsoids, and lattices. particular themes of observe are optimum keep watch over, sphere packings, rational approximations, numerical integration, graph idea, and extra. and naturally, there's a lot to claim approximately utilizing convexity concept to the examine of faces of polytopes, lattices and polyhedra, and lattices and convex our bodies.

The necessities are minimum quantities of linear algebra, research, and user-friendly topology, plus easy computational abilities. parts of the publication should be utilized by complicated undergraduates. As an entire, it's designed for graduate scholars attracted to mathematical tools, machine technology, electric engineering, and operations study. The ebook may also be of curiosity to analyze mathematicians, who will locate a few effects which are fresh, a few which are new, and plenty of identified effects which are mentioned from a brand new point of view.

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