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2013

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The calculus of variations is a branch of mathematical analysis that studies extrema and critical points of functionals (or energies). Here, by functional we mean a mapping from a function space to the real numbers

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The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics (Nicholas J. Higham, ed.), 218-226.