This textbook is designed to give graduate students an understanding of integrable systems via the study of Riemann surfaces, loop groups, and twistors. The book has its origins in a series of lecture courses given by the authors, all of whom are internationally known mathematicians and renowned expositors. It is written in an accessible and informal style, and fills a gap in the existing literature. The introduction by Nigel Hitchin addresses the meaning of
integrability: how do we recognize an integrable system? His own contribution then develops connections with algebraic geometry, and includes an introduction to Riemann surfaces, sheaves, and line bundles. Graeme Segal takes the Kortewegde Vries and nonlinear Schrödinger equations as central examples,
and explores the mathematical structures underlying the inverse scattering transform. He explains the roles of loop groups, the Grassmannian, and algebraic curves. In the final part of the book, Richard Ward explores the connection between integrability and the self-dual Yang-Mills equations, and describes the correspondence between solutions to integrable equations and holomorphic vector bundles over twistor space.
"the subject of the book is fascinating and written versions of the lecture series are nicley presented and preserve well the informal spirit of the lectures. This is a very useful book for graduate students and for mathematicians (or physicists) from other fields interested in the topic' EMS
"The lecturers cover an enormous amount of material, ranging from algeraic geometry and the theory of Riemann surfaces to loop groups, connections, Yang-Mills equations and twister theory. However despite this wide range, the book is surprisingly self-contained and readable" Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society"
1: Nigel Hitchin: Introduction
2: Nigel Hitchin: Riemann surfaces and integrable systems
3: Graeme Segal: Integrable systems and inverse scattering
4: Richard Ward: Integrable systems and twistors
Series: Oxford Graduate Texts in Mathematics
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 1st January 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 16.1
Weight (kg): 0.34