Physically Meaningful or Mathematically Pedantic?

Speaker: 
Connor Behan
Event Date and Time: 
Fri, 2013-11-29 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Henn 301 (NOT the usual room!)
Local Contact: 
Hal Clark
Intended Audience: 
Graduate

There is so much physics and so little time. In papers that solve a boundary-value problem, there is usually no proof that the solution is unique. Sometimes it is found by taking a limit inside an integral or computing a sum without worrying about whether it converges uniformly. If one stops to pay attention to these mathematical subtleties, does this shed new light on the physical problem? Sometimes. We will go through some example problems where extra rigour is possible and try to figure out when it is needed.

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