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This book is designed for a computationally intensive graduate course based around a collection of classical unsolved extremal problems for polynomials. These problems, all of which lend themselves to extensive computational exploration, live at the interface of analysis, combinatorics and number theory so the techniques involved are diverse. A main computational tool used is the LLL algorithm for finding small vectors in a lattice.
Many exercises and open research problems are included. Indeed one aim of the book is to tempt the able reader into the rich possibilities for research in this area.
Peter Borwein is Professor of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University and the Associate Director of the Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics. He is also the recipient of the Mathematical Association of Americas Chauvenet Prize and the Merten M. Hasse Prize for expository writing in mathematics.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Diophantine approximation - Maxima - algorithms - calculus - combinatorics - computational number theory - extrema - maximum - number theory
* Preface * Introduction * LLL and PSLQ * Pisot and Salem Numbers * Rudin-Shapiro Polynomials * Fekete Polynomials * Products of Cyclotomic Polynomials * Location of Zeros * Maximal Vanishing * Diophantine Approximation of Zeros * The Integer-Chebyshev Problem * The Prouhet-Tarry-Escott Problem * The Easier Waring Problem * The Erdös-Szekeres Problem * Barker Polynomials and Golay Pairs * The Littlewood Problem * Spectra * Appendix A: A Compendium of Inequalities * B: Lattice Basis Reduction and Integer Relations * C: Explicit Merit Factor Formulae * D: Research Problems * References * Index