Recently much progress has been made in the field of differential and analytic geometry. This progress indicates the merit of studying further the family of geometric objects and of employing essentially the method of partial differential equations.
With this in mind, we organized several seminars in the academic year of 1987 in which the audience were graduate students and mature mathematicians who were not experts on the topics considered in the sessions.
The present volume and last volume 18-I are the outcome of the activities during and after these seminars.
The present volume is devoted to the survey notes from the expository lectures given during these seminars and expanded by their authors' own original contributions.
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Digital Object Identifier: 10.2969/aspm/01820000