By Dao Trong Thi and A. T. Fomenko

Plateau's challenge is a systematic pattern in smooth arithmetic that unites a number of varied difficulties hooked up with the examine of minimum surfaces. In its least difficult model, Plateau's challenge is worried with discovering a floor of least sector that spans a given fastened one-dimensional contour in 3-dimensional space--perhaps the best-known instance of such surfaces is supplied through cleaning soap movies. From the mathematical perspective, such movies are defined as suggestions of a second-order partial differential equation, so their habit is sort of advanced and has nonetheless no longer been completely studied. cleaning soap motion pictures, or, extra often, interfaces among actual media in equilibrium, come up in lots of utilized difficulties in chemistry, physics, and in addition in nature. In purposes, one unearths not just two-dimensional but additionally multidimensional minimum surfaces that span mounted closed ``contours'' in a few multidimensional Riemannian area. an actual mathematical assertion of the matter of discovering a floor of least region or quantity calls for the formula of definitions of such basic recommendations as a floor, its boundary, minimality of a floor, etc. It seems that there are numerous normal definitions of those innovations, which allow the research of minimum surfaces via diversified, and complementary, tools. within the framework of this relatively small booklet it'd be nearly very unlikely to hide all elements of the fashionable challenge of Plateau, to which an enormous literature has been committed. besides the fact that, this e-book makes a different contribution to this literature, for the authors' tenet used to be to give the fabric with a greatest of readability and not less than formalization. bankruptcy 1 includes old history on Plateau's challenge, concerning the interval previous the Nineteen Thirties, and an outline of its connections with the traditional sciences. This half is meant for a really huge circle of readers and is on the market, for instance, to first-year graduate scholars. the subsequent a part of the ebook, comprising Chapters 2-5, supplies a pretty entire survey of varied glossy developments in Plateau's challenge. This part is obtainable to moment- and third-year scholars focusing on physics and arithmetic. the rest chapters current a close exposition of 1 of those traits (the homotopic model of Plateau's challenge by way of stratified multivarifolds) and the Plateau challenge in homogeneous symplectic areas. This final half is meant for experts attracted to the trendy thought of minimum surfaces and will be used for targeted classes; a command of the ideas of sensible research is believed.