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This text is an expanded version of the lectures given by the first author in the 2009 CIME summer school of Cetraro. It provides a quick and reasonably account of the classical theory of optimal mass transportation and of its more recent developments, including the metric theory of gradient flows, geometric and functional inequalities related to optimal(More)
In prior work [4] of the first two authors with Savaré, a new Riemannian notion of lower bound for Ricci curvature in the class of metric measure spaces (X, d, m) was introduced, and the corresponding class of spaces denoted by RCD(K, ∞). This notion relates the CD(K, N) theory of Sturm and Lott-Villani, in the case N = ∞, to the Bakry-Emery approach. In(More)
In this paper we introduce a synthetic notion of Riemannian Ricci bounds from below for metric measure spaces (X, d, m) which is stable under measured Gromov-Hausdorff convergence and rules out Finsler geometries. It can be given in terms of an enforcement of the Lott, Sturm and Villani geodesic convexity condition for the entropy coupled with the linearity(More)
This paper is devoted to a deeper understanding of the heat flow and to the refinement of calculus tools on metric measure spaces (X, d, m). Our main results are: • A general study of the relations between the Hopf-Lax semigroup and Hamilton-Jacobi equation in metric spaces (X, d). • The equivalence of the heat flow in L 2 (X, m) generated by a suitable(More)
We prove existence and uniqueness of the gradient flow of the Entropy functional under the only assumption that the functional is λ-geodesically convex for some λ ∈ R. Also, we prove a general stability result for gradient flows of geodesically convex functionals which Γ−converge to some limit functional. The stability result applies directly to the case of(More)
The aim of the present paper is to bridge the gap between the Bakry-´ Emery and the Lott-Sturm-Villani approaches to provide synthetic and abstract notions of lower Ricci curvature bounds. We start from a strongly local Dirichlet form E admitting a Carré du champ Γ in a Polish measure space (X, m) and a canonical distance d E that induces the original(More)
Aim of this paper is to discuss convergence of pointed metric measure spaces in absence of any compactness condition. We propose various definitions, show that all of them are equivalent and that for doubling spaces these are also equivalent to the well known measured-Gromov-Hausdorff convergence. Then we show that the curvature conditions CD(K, ∞) and(More)
We provide a quick overview of various calculus tools and of the main results concerning the heat flow on compact metric measure spaces, with applications to spaces with lower Ricci curvature bounds. Topics include the Hopf-Lax semigroup and the Hamilton-Jacobi equation in metric spaces, a new approach to differentiation and to the theory of Sobolev spaces(More)