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Author Nathanson, Melvyn B. (Melvyn Bernard), 1944-

Title Additive number theory : the classical bases / Melvyn B. Nathanson.

Published New York : Springer, 1996.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  512.72 NATH {Bund89 20200519}    AVAILABLE
Physical description pages cm.
Series Graduate texts in mathematics ; 164.
Graduate texts in mathematics ; 164.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Sums of polygons -- 2. Waring's problem for cubes -- 3. The Hilbert-Waring theorem -- 4. Weyl's inequality -- 5. The Hardy-Littlewood asymptotic formula -- 6. Elementary estimates for primes -- 7. The Shnirel'man-Goldbach theorem -- 8. Sums of three primes -- 9. The linear sieve -- 10. Chen's theorem -- Appendix: Arithmetic functions.
Summary The classical bases in additive number theory are the polygonal numbers, the squares, cubes, and higher powers, and the primes. This book contains many of the great theorems in this subject: Cauchy's polygonal number theorem, Linnik's theorem on sums of cubes, Hilbert's proof of Waring's problem, the Hardy-Littlewood asymptotic formula for the number of representations of an integer as the sum of positive kth powers, Shnirel'man's theorem that every integer greater than one is the sum of a bounded number of primes, Vinogradov's theorem on sums of three primes, and Chen's theorem that every sufficiently large even integer is the sum of a prime and a number that is either prime or the product of two primes. The book is also an introduction to the circle method and sieve methods, which are the principal tools used to study the classical bases. The only prerequisites for the book are undergraduate courses in number theory and analysis.
Additive number theory is one of the oldest and richest areas of mathematics. This book is the first comprehensive treatment of the subject in 40 years.
Subject Number theory.
ISBN 038794656X (hard : alk. paper)