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 HilbertWaring theorem  4. Weyl's inequality  5. The HardyLittlewood asymptotic formula  6. Elementary estimates for primes  7. The Shnirel'manGoldbach 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 HardyLittlewood 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) 
