Symmetry Methods for Differential Equations

A Beginner's Guide

A good working knowledge of symmetry methods is very valuable for those working with mathematical models. This book is a straightforward introduction to the subject for applied mathematicians, physicists, and engineers. The informal presentation uses many worked examples to illustrate the major symmetry methods. Written at a level suitable for postgraduates and advanced undergraduates, the text will enable readers to master the main techniques quickly and easily. The book contains some methods not previously published in a text, including those methods for obtaining discrete symmetries and integrating factors.


 Reviews:

"[A] valuable addition to the bookshelf for both the beginner and research worker in the field." Mathematical Geology

"Throughout the text numerous examples are worked out in detail and the exercises have been well chosen. This is the most readable text on this material I have seen and I would recommend the book for self-study." Mathematical Reviews

'… a nice introduction to symmetry methods for ordinary and partial differential equations written with passion by a specialist … after a few pages it becomes clear that the book is written in a lucid and precise manner.' Zentralblatt MATH

'This new book by Peter Hydon … is eminently suitable for advanced undergraduates and beginning postgraduate students … Overall I thoroughly recommend this book and believe that it will be a useful textbook for introducing students to symmetry methods for differential equations.' Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics

'Throughout the text numerous examples are worked out in detail and the exercises have been well chosen. this is the most readable text on this material I have seen and I would recommend the book for self-study (as an introduction).' MathSciNet

'It is very suitable for, and is specifically aimed at, postgraduate courses in the field. it is the more enjoyable for being written with infectious enthusiasm and there is a good selection of examples.' Mathematical Gazette