THE GEOMETRY OF DISSIPATIVE EVOLUTION EQUATIONS: THE POROUS MEDIUM EQUATION

@article{Otto2001THEGO,
  title={THE GEOMETRY OF DISSIPATIVE EVOLUTION EQUATIONS: THE POROUS MEDIUM EQUATION},
  author={Felix Otto},
  journal={Communications in Partial Differential Equations},
  year={2001},
  volume={26},
  pages={101 - 174}
}
  • F. Otto
  • Published 31 January 2001
  • Mathematics
  • Communications in Partial Differential Equations
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