Modern Birkhäuser Classics

Geometry and Spectra of Compact Riemann Surfaces

Authors: Buser, Peter

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This classic monograph is a self-contained introduction to the geometry of Riemann surfaces of constant curvature –1 and their length and eigenvalue spectra. It focuses on two subjects: the geometric theory of compact Riemann surfaces of genus greater than one, and the relationship of the Laplace operator with the geometry of such surfaces. The first part of the book is written in textbook form at the graduate level, with only minimal requisites in either differential geometry or complex Riemann surface theory. The second part of the book is a self-contained introduction to the spectrum of the Laplacian based on the heat equation. Later chapters deal with recent developments on isospectrality, Sunada’s construction, a simplified proof of Wolpert’s theorem, and an estimate of the number of pairwise isospectral non-isometric examples which depends only on genus. Researchers and graduate students interested in compact Riemann surfaces will find this book a useful reference.  Anyone familiar with the author's hands-on approach to Riemann surfaces will be gratified by both the breadth and the depth of the topics considered here. The exposition is also extremely clear and thorough. Anyone not familiar with the author's approach is in for a real treat. — Mathematical Reviews This is a thick and leisurely book which will repay repeated study with many pleasant hours – both for the beginner and the expert. It is fortunately more or less self-contained, which makes it easy to read, and it leads one from essential mathematics to the “state of the art” in the theory of the Laplace–Beltrami operator on compact Riemann surfaces. Although it is not encyclopedic, it is so rich in information and ideas … the reader will be grateful for what has been included in this very satisfying book. —Bulletin of the AMS  The book is very well written and quite accessible; there is an excellent bibliography at the end. —Zentralblatt MATH

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"Anyone familiar with the author's hands-on approach to Riemann surfaces will be gratified by both the breadth and the depth of the topics considered here. The exposition is also extremely clear and thorough. Anyone not familiar with the author's approach is in for a real treat."   —Mathematical Reviews

“Originally published as Volume 106 in the series Progress in Mathematics, this version is a reprint of the classic monograph, 1992 edition, consisting of two parts. … An appendix is devoted to curves and isotopies. The book is a very useful reference for researches and also for graduate students interested in the geometry of compact Riemann surfaces of constant curvature -- 1 and their length and eigenvalue spectra.” (Liliana Răileanu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1239, 2012)

“Geometry and Spectra of Compact Riemann Surfaces is a pleasure to read. There is a lot of motivation given, examples proliferate, propositions and theorems come equipped with clear proofs, and excellent drawings … . a fine piece of scholarship and a pedagogical treat.” (Michael Berg, The Mathematical Association of America, May, 2011)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Geometry and Spectra of Compact Riemann Surfaces
Authors
Series Title
Modern Birkhäuser Classics
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-0-8176-4992-0
DOI
10.1007/978-0-8176-4992-0
Softcover ISBN
978-0-8176-4991-3
Series ISSN
2197-1803
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 456
Number of Illustrations and Tables
145 b/w illustrations
Topics