Some Remarks on the History and Objectives of the Calculus of Variations
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The expression “calculus of variations” was first coined by Leonhard Euler in the year 1756. He used it to describe a new method which J. L. Lagrange had developed in the previous year, and whose formal consequences he was now engaged in unravelling. Nowadays, the expression “calculus of variations”, or “variational calculus”, as it is often called, is used in a much wider sense. The subject matter of variational calculus is the mathematical formulation of the ideas of
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