By Ivar Ekeland
Through the educational yr 1995/96, i used to be invited via the Scuola Normale Superiore to provide a sequence of lectures. the aim of those notes is to make the underlying financial difficulties and the mathematical thought of external differential platforms obtainable to a bigger variety of humans. it's the objective of those notes to head over those effects at a extra leisurely velocity, holding in brain that mathematicians aren't accustomed to financial idea and that only a few humans have learn Elie Cartan.
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