A Course in Number Theory (Oxford Science Publications)

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9780198532620: A Course in Number Theory (Oxford Science Publications)

Ideal for undergraduate and graduate students in pure mathematics, this new text introduces the central, fundamental topics in number theory, including: divisibility and multiplicative functions; congruence and quadratic residues; continued fractions, diophantine approximation and transcendence; partitions; and diophantine equations and elliptic curves. In addition, some more advanced results are given, such as the Gelfond-Schneider theorem, the prime number theorem, and the Mordell-Weil theorem. Based on twenty years of teaching number theory, the approach is thoroughly classroom tested. Each chapter concludes with an extensive selection of sample problems, and an appendix contains hints, sketch solutions, and useful tables, making this the perfect self-contained tool for teaching and learning number theory.

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This textbook covers the main topics in number theory as taught in universities throughout the world. Number theory deals mainly with properties of integers and rational numbers; it is not an organized theory in the usual sense but a vast collection of individual topics and results, with some coherent sub-theories and a long list of unsolved problems. This book excludes topics relying heavily on complex analysis and advanced algebraic number theory. The increased use of computers in number theory is reflected in many sections (with much greater emphasis in this edition). Some results of a more advanced nature are also given, including the Gelfond-Schneider theorem, the prime number theorem, and the Mordell-Weil theorem. The latest work on Fermat's last theorem is also briefly discussed. Each chapter ends with a collection of problems; hints or sketch solutions are given at the end of the book, together with various useful tables.

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H. E. Rose is at University of Bristol.

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