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Elliptic and Modular Functions from Gauss to Dedekind to Hecke

By (author) Ranjan Roy
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Published: 18th Apr 2017
Dimensions: w 175mm h 258mm d 36mm
Weight: 1055g
ISBN-10: 1107159385
ISBN-13: 9781107159389
Barcode No: 9781107159389
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This thorough work presents the fundamental results of modular function theory as developed during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. It features beautiful formulas and derives them using skillful and ingenious manipulations, especially classical methods often overlooked today. Starting with the work of Gauss, Abel, and Jacobi, the book then discusses the attempt by Dedekind to construct a theory of modular functions independent of elliptic functions. The latter part of the book explains how Hurwitz completed this task and includes one of Hurwitz's landmark papers, translated by the author, and delves into the work of Ramanujan, Mordell, and Hecke. For graduate students and experts in modular forms, this book demonstrates the relevance of these original sources and thereby provides the reader with new insights into contemporary work in this area.

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'Finally, it needs to be stressed that Roy does much more than present these mathematical works as museum pieces. He takes pains to tie them in to modern work when reasonable and appropriate, and that of course just adds to the quality of his work. I am very excited to have a copy of this wonderful book in my possession.' Michael Berg, MAA Reviews 'This book will be a valuable resource for understanding modular functions in their historical context, especially for readers not fluent in the languages of the original papers.' Paul M. Jenkins, Mathematical Reviews 'Finally, it needs to be stressed that Roy does much more than present these mathematical works as museum pieces. He takes pains to tie them in to modern work when reasonable and appropriate, and that of course just adds to the quality of his work. I am very excited to have a copy of this wonderful book in my possession.' Michael Berg, MAA Reviews 'This book will be a valuable resource for understanding modular functions in their historical context, especially for readers not fluent in the languages of the original papers.' Paul M. Jenkins, Mathematical Reviews