a1 Mathematisches Institut, Universitāt Karlsruhe
In a recent paper , D. Colton has given a new proof for the strong maximum principle with regard to the heat equation ut = Δu. His proof depends on the analyticity (in x) of solutions. For this reason it does not carry over to the equation
or to more general equations. But in order to tread mildly nonlinear equations such asut = Δu + f(u) which are important in many applications, it is essential to have the strong maximum principle at least for equation (*). It should also be said that this proof uses nontrivial facts about the heat equation.
(Received February 04 1985)