Minicourse-Minmax Methods in the Calculus of Variations of Curves and Surfaces (I)


Tristan Rivière, Institute for Mathematical Research, ETH Zürich


2018.03.05 13:00-14:00


Room 1106, Math Building


The study of the variations of curvature functionals takes its origins in the works of Euler and Bernouilli from the XVIIIth century on the Elastica. Since these very early times, special curves and surfaces such as geodesics, minimal surfaces, elastica, Willmore surfaces…etc have become central objects in mathematics much beyond the field of geometry stricto sensu with applications in analysis, in applied mathematics, in theoretical physics and natural sciences in general.