Frontiers in Mathematics

Poncelet Porisms and Beyond

Integrable Billiards, Hyperelliptic Jacobians and Pencils of Quadrics

Authors: Dragović, Vladimir, Radnović, Milena

  • Self-contained, with an elementary introduction
  • Contains a complete account of higher-dimensional generalizations of Poncelet theorem, the corresponding Cayley-type conditions, and the Poncelet-Darboux grids.
  • Gives introspection into exciting interlacing of different areas of mathematics around the Poncelet porism.
  • Contains most modern results connected with the problems of Poncelet type.
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About this book

The goal of the book is to present, in a complete and comprehensive way, areas of current research interlacing around the Poncelet porism: dynamics of integrable billiards, algebraic geometry of hyperelliptic Jacobians, and classical projective geometry of pencils of quadrics. The most important results and ideas, classical as well as modern, connected to the Poncelet theorem are presented, together with a historical overview analyzing the classical ideas and their natural generalizations. Special attention is paid to the realization of the Griffiths and Harris programme about Poncelet-type problems and addition theorems. This programme, formulated three decades ago, is aimed to understanding the higher-dimensional analogues of Poncelet problems and the realization of the synthetic approach of higher genus addition theorems.

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“The book provides a self-guided introduction to a set of classical gems that have to do with elliptic or hyperelliptic addition theorems; several connections were worked out originally by the authors in previous research papers. In addition, solutions to some of the integrable systems that came of age in the 1970s … are produced in this context. The style is clear and the calculations are complete. … it is certainly a focused, enjoyable and valuable one.” (Emma Previato, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 j)

“Poncelet Porisms and Beyond: Integrable Billiards, Hyperelliptic Jacobians, and Pencils of Quadrics … gives a nice picture of both Poncelet’s Porism and a number of the areas of mathematics that are close by. … Dragović and Radnović do a good job of covering a wide range of material, including both citations and descriptions of classical material as well as extremely cutting-edge results. … The exposition in the book is generally good, and … any mathematician who picks up this book will learn something from it.” (Darren Glass, The Mathematical Association of America, September, 2011)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction to Poncelet Porisms

    Dragović, Vladimir (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Billiards – First Examples

    Dragović, Vladimir (et al.)

    Pages 11-25

  • Hyperelliptic Curves and Their Jacobians

    Dragović, Vladimir (et al.)

    Pages 27-66

  • Projective Geometry

    Dragović, Vladimir (et al.)

    Pages 67-105

  • Poncelet Theorem and Cayley’s Condition

    Dragović, Vladimir (et al.)

    Pages 107-135

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eBook $54.99
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  • Included format: PDF
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Softcover $74.95
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Poncelet Porisms and Beyond
Book Subtitle
Integrable Billiards, Hyperelliptic Jacobians and Pencils of Quadrics
Authors
Series Title
Frontiers in Mathematics
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Basel AG
Distribution Rights
Only English language rights
eBook ISBN
978-3-0348-0015-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0348-0015-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-0348-0014-3
Series ISSN
1660-8046
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 294
Number of Illustrations and Tables
74 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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