• Kai DiethelmEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mathematics book series (LNM, volume 2004)


This chapter serves as a short introduction to the topic of fractional calculus. We briefly mention the history of the field, elaborate on traditional and modern applications and recall some basic ideas from classical calculus that will later be used as starting points for the development of the concepts of fractional calculus.


Fractional Order Fractional Derivative Fractional Calculus Fundamental Theorem Fractional Differential Equation 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GNS Gesellschaft für Numerische Simulation mbHBraunschweigGermany

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