Structural Properties of Polylogarithms

Structural Properties of Polylogarithms

by Leonard Lewin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0821816349

ISBN-13: 9780821816349

Pub. Date: 10/02/1991

Publisher: American Mathematical Society

Years ago, the handful of peculiar numerical dilogarithmic identities, known since the time of Euler and Landen, gave rise to new discoveries concerning cyclotomic equations and related polylogarithmic ladders. These discoveries were made mostly by the methods of classical analysis, with help from machine computation. About the same time, starting with Bloch's

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Years ago, the handful of peculiar numerical dilogarithmic identities, known since the time of Euler and Landen, gave rise to new discoveries concerning cyclotomic equations and related polylogarithmic ladders. These discoveries were made mostly by the methods of classical analysis, with help from machine computation. About the same time, starting with Bloch's studies on the application of the dilogarithm in algebraic $K$-theory and algebraic geometry, many important discoveries were made in diverse areas. This book seeks to provide a synthesis of these two streams of thought. In addition to an account of ladders and their association with functional equations, the chapters include applications to volume calculations in Lobatchevsky geometry, relations to partition theory, connections with Clausen's function, new functional equations, and applications to $K$-theory and other branches of abstract algebra. This rapidly-expanding field is brought up to date with two appendices, and the book concludes with an extensive bibliography of recent publications. About two-thirds of the material is accessible to mathematicians and scientists in many areas, while the remainder requires more specialized background in abstract algebra.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821816349
Publisher:
American Mathematical Society
Publication date:
10/02/1991
Series:
Mathematical Surveys and Monographs Series, #37
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 10.63(h) x (d)

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