Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences

Number Theory I

Fundamental Problems, Ideas and Theories

Authors: Manin, Yu. I., Panchishkin, Alexei A.

  • Covers the most recent results around Fermat's Theorem (Andrew Wiles) and the Langlands Conjecture (Lafforgue)

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This book surveys from a unified point of view both the modern state and the trends of continuing development of various branches of number theory. Motivated by elementary problems (including some modern areas such as cryptography, factorization and primality testing), the central ideas of modern theories are exposed: algebraic number theory, calculations and properties of Galois groups, non-Abelian generalizations of class field theory, recursive computability and links with Diophantine equations, the arithmetic of algebraic varieties, connections with modular forms, zeta- and L-functions. The authors have tried to present the most significant results and methods of modern time. An overview of the major conjectures is also given in order to illustrate current thinking in number theory. Most of these conjectures are based on analogies between functions and numbers, and on connections with other branches of mathematics such as algebraic topology, analysis, representation theory and geometry

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

"Here is a welcome update to Number theory I. Introduction to number theory by the same authors … . the book now brings the reader up to date with some of the latest results in the field. … The book is generally well-written and should be of interest to both the general, non-specialist reader of Number Theory as well as established researchers who are seeking an overview of some of the latest developments in the field."

Philip Maynard, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 90 (519), 2006

[...] the first edition was a very good book; this edition is even better.

[...] Embedded in the text are a lot of interesting ideas, insights, and clues to how the authors think about the subject. [...]

Things get more interesting in Part II (by far the largest of the tree parts)[...] This part of the book covers such things as approaches through logic, algebraic number theory, arithmetic of algebraic varieties, zeta functions, and modular forms, followed by an extensive (50+ pages ) account of Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. This is a valuable addition, new in this edition, and serves as a vivid example of the power of the "ideas and theories" that dominate this part of the book.

Also new and very interesting is Part III, entitled "Analogies and Visions,"

[...] The best surveys of mathematics are those written by deeply insightful mathematicians who are not afraid to infuse their ideas and insights  into their outline of subject. This is what we have here, and the result is an essential book. I only wish the price were lower so that I could encourage my students buy themselves a copy. Maybe I'll do that anyway.

Fernado Q. Gouvêa, on 09/10/2005

"This book is a revised and updated version of the first English translation. … Overall, the book is very well written, and has an impressive reference list. It is an excellent resource for those who are looking for both deep and wide understanding of number theory." (Alexander A. Borisov, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2006 j)

"This edition feels altogether different from the earlier one … . There is much new and more in this edition than in the 1995 edition: namely, one hundred and fifty extra pages. … For my part, I come to praise this fine volume. This book is a highly instructive read with the usual reminder that there lots of facts one does not know … . the quality, knowledge, and expertise of the authors shines through. … The present volume is almost startlingly up-to-date … ." (Alf van der Poorten, Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, Vol. 34 (1), 2007)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Elementary Number Theory

    Parshin, A. N. (et al.)

    Pages 8-48

  • Some Modern Problems of Elementary Number Theory

    Parshin, A. N. (et al.)

    Pages 49-76

  • Induction and Recursion

    Parshin, A. N. (et al.)

    Pages 77-93

  • Arithmetic of Algebraic Numbers

    Parshin, A. N. (et al.)

    Pages 94-161

  • Arithmetic of Algebraic Varieties

    Parshin, A. N. (et al.)

    Pages 162-208

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Number Theory I
Book Subtitle
Fundamental Problems, Ideas and Theories
Authors
Series Title
Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences
Series Volume
49
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-08005-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-08005-4
Series ISSN
0938-0396
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 306
Additional Information
Original Russian edition published by VINITI, Moscow 1990
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