Miracles, misconceptions and scotomas in the theory of solitary waves

@article{Boyd2019MiraclesMA,
  title={Miracles, misconceptions and scotomas in the theory of solitary waves},
  author={J. Boyd},
  journal={Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics},
  year={2019},
  volume={113},
  pages={623 - 666}
}
  • J. Boyd
  • Published 2019
  • History
  • Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
ABSTRACT In an age of billion dollar particle accelerators and Mars rovers, it is surprising that solitary waves were first discovered by a man on horseback with no tools but his own eyes. A century and a half later, more complicated patterns of ridges, so-called hyperelliptic two-polycnoidal waves, were discovered in the ocean during a beach vacation. The inverse scattering method, which solves nonlinear partial differential equations through a sequence of solving purely linear equations, is a… Expand

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