By Casim Abbas
This booklet offers an advent to symplectic box conception, a brand new and demanding topic that's at present being built. the place to begin of this concept are compactness effects for holomorphic curves proven within the final decade. the writer provides a scientific advent offering loads of heritage fabric, a lot of that's scattered through the literature. because the content material grew out of lectures given by means of the writer, the most target is to supply an access aspect into symplectic box concept for non-specialists and for graduate scholars. Extensions of definite compactness effects, that are believed to be precise by means of the experts yet haven't but been released within the literature intimately, replenish the scope of this monograph.
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