The phenomenon is actually mentioned quite early by Stephen Boyd in his online lectures hosted by Stanford. Boyd whose book on convex optimization can be treated as the most complete and in-depth book in the field. Coupled with the free online video lectures, notes and presentations its all you need to have a clear understanding of optimization and its applications.
BTW: Convex optimization is a very small set of optimization problems that can actually be solved. For the rest one has to be content with local solutions.Print This Post