, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 50-60
Date: 13 Jan 2009

The calculus of variations today

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This article is an edited translation ofVariationsrechnung heute, which was published by the Rheinisch-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften inNatur-, Ingenieur- und Wirtschaftswissenschaßen 345 (1986). The original paper in German was based upon a lecture intended for non-mathematicians.
The translator wishes to thank the author and his friends George Booth and Hardy Grant for reading the translation and suggesting a number of improvements.