This book provides a self-contained introduction to optimal transport, and it is intended as a starting point for any researcher who wants to enter into this beautiful subject.
The presentation focuses on the essential topics of the theory: Kantorovich duality, existence and uniqueness of optimal transport maps, Wasserstein distances, the JKO scheme, Otto’s calculus, and Wasserstein gradient flows. At the end, a presentation of some selected applications of optimal transport is given.
The book is suitable for a course at the graduate level, and also includes an appendix with a series of exercises along with their solutions.
This book has appeared in a second edition in 2023.