Willmore energy: Brief introduction and survey

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The Willmore energy is a type of energy that is studied in differential geometry, physics and mechanics. It was first introduced by Siméon-Denis Poisson and Marie-Sophie Germain, independently, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, but its complete formalism was due to Thomas Willmore. In essence, this type of energy quantitatively measures the deviation of a surface from local sphericity. It is important to note that there is some ambiguity in the literature between the terms bending energy and Willmore energy, and different sources provide different definitions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWillmore Energy and Willmore Conjecture
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781498744645
ISBN (Print)9781498744638
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


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