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A nonlinear eigenvalue problem is solved analytically to obtain the shock-like traveling waves of Fisher's nonlinear diffusion equation, with which he described the wave of advance of advantageous genes. A phase-plane analysis of the wave profiles shows that the propagation speed of the waves is linearly proportional to their thickness. The analytic solution is asymptotically accurate in the limit of infinitely large characteristic speeds. However, as they have a minimum threshold value which is not zero, the asymptotic solution turns out to be highly accurate for all propagation speeds. The wave profiles of Fisher's equation are shown to be identical to the steady state solutions of the Korteweg-de Vries-Burgers equation that are obtained when dissipative effects are dominant over dispersive effects.
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