Technology & Engineering

Manifolds and Modular Forms

Author: Friedrich Hirzebruch,Thomas Berger,Rainer Jung

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3663107264

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 212

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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory of elliptic genera due to Ochanine, Landweber, Stong, and others. The theory describes a new cobordism invariant for manifolds in terms of modular forms. The book evolved from notes of a course given at the University of Bonn. After providing some background material elliptic genera are constructed, including the classical genera signature and the index of the Dirac operator as special cases. Various properties of elliptic genera are discussed, especially their behaviour in fibre bundles and rigidity for group actions. For stably almost complex manifolds the theory is extended to elliptic genera of higher level. The text is in most parts self-contained. The results are illustrated by explicit examples and by comparison with well-known theorems. The relevant aspects of the theory of modular forms are derived in a seperate appendix, providing also a useful reference for mathematicians working in this field.

From Quantum Cohomology to Integrable Systems

Author: Martin A. Guest

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191606960

Category: Mathematics

Page: 336

View: 7282

Quantum cohomology has its origins in symplectic geometry and algebraic geometry, but is deeply related to differential equations and integrable systems. This text explains what is behind the extraordinary success of quantum cohomology, leading to its connections with many existing areas of mathematics as well as its appearance in new areas such as mirror symmetry. Certain kinds of differential equations (or D-modules) provide the key links between quantum cohomology and traditional mathematics; these links are the main focus of the book, and quantum cohomology and other integrable PDEs such as the KdV equation and the harmonic map equation are discussed within this unified framework. Aimed at graduate students in mathematics who want to learn about quantum cohomology in a broad context, and theoretical physicists who are interested in the mathematical setting, the text assumes basic familiarity with differential equations and cohomology.

New Paths Towards Quantum Gravity

Author: Bernhelm Booß-Bavnbek,Maria Rosaria D'Esposito,Matthias Lesch

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3642118976

Category: Science

Page: 350

View: 4443

Aside from the obvious statement that it should be a theory capable of unifying general relativity and quantum field theory, not much is known about the true nature of quantum gravity. New ideas - and there are many of them for this is an exciting field of research - often diverge to a degree where it seems impossible to decide in which of the many possible direction(s) the ongoing developments should be further sustained. The division of the book in two (overlapping) parts reflects the duality between the physical vision and the mathematical construction. The former is represented by tutorial reviews on non-commutative geometry, on space-time discretization and renormalization and on gauge field path integrals. The latter one by lectures on cohomology, on stochastic geometry and on mathematical tools for the effective action in quantum gravity. The book will benefit everyone working or entering the field of quantum gravity research.

The 1-2-3 of Modular Forms

Lectures at a Summer School in Nordfjordeid, Norway

Author: Jan Hendrik Bruinier,Gerard van der Geer,Günter Harder,Don Zagier

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540741190

Category: Mathematics

Page: 266

View: 8930

This book grew out of three series of lectures given at the summer school on "Modular Forms and their Applications" at the Sophus Lie Conference Center in Nordfjordeid in June 2004. The first series treats the classical one-variable theory of elliptic modular forms. The second series presents the theory of Hilbert modular forms in two variables and Hilbert modular surfaces. The third series gives an introduction to Siegel modular forms and discusses a conjecture by Harder. It also contains Harder's original manuscript with the conjecture. Each part treats a number of beautiful applications.

Introduction to Modern Number Theory

Fundamental Problems, Ideas and Theories

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

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540276920

Category: Mathematics

Page: 514

View: 2272

This edition has been called ‘startlingly up-to-date’, and in this corrected second printing you can be sure that it’s even more contemporaneous. It surveys from a unified point of view both the modern state and the trends of continuing development in various branches of number theory. Illuminated by elementary problems, the central ideas of modern theories are laid bare. Some topics covered include non-Abelian generalizations of class field theory, recursive computability and Diophantine equations, zeta- and L-functions. This substantially revised and expanded new edition contains several new sections, such as Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, and relevant techniques coming from a synthesis of various theories.
Business & Economics

Invest to Win: Earn & Keep Profits in Bull & Bear Markets with the GainsMaster Approach

Author: Toni Turner,Gordon Scott

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071798382

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 5086

Offers advice on managing investments in both uptrending and downtrending markets, revealing how to evaluate company financial reports, recognize signals that foretell shifts in the market, and exit investments at the right time.

Mirror Symmetry I

Author: Shing-Tung Yau

Publisher: Amer Mathematical Society

ISBN: 9780821806654

Category: Science

Page: 444

View: 4361

Vol. 1 represents a new ed. of papers which were originally published in Essays on mirror manifolds (1992); supplemented by the additional volume: Mirror symmetry 2 which presents papers by both physicists and mathematicians. Mirror symmetry 1 (the 1st volume) constitutes the proceedings of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Workshop of 1991.

Mathematical Conversations

Selections from The Mathematical Intelligencer

Author: Robin Wilson,Jeremy Gray

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461301955

Category: Mathematics

Page: 488

View: 9362

Approximately fifty articles that were published in The Mathematical Intelligencer during its first eighteen years. The selection demonstrates the wide variety of attractive articles that have appeared over the years, ranging from general interest articles of a historical nature to lucid expositions of important current discoveries. Each article is introduced by the editors. "...The Mathematical Intelligencer publishes stylish, well-illustrated articles, rich in ideas and usually short on proofs. ...Many, but not all articles fall within the reach of the advanced undergraduate mathematics major. ... This book makes a nice addition to any undergraduate mathematics collection that does not already sport back issues of The Mathematical Intelligencer." D.V. Feldman, University of New Hamphire, CHOICE Reviews, June 2001.

Dirichlet Branes and Mirror Symmetry

Author: N.A

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 0821838482

Category: Mathematics

Page: 681

View: 1525

Research in string theory over the last several decades has yielded a rich interaction with algebraic geometry. In 1985, the introduction of Calabi-Yau manifolds into physics as a way to compactify ten-dimensional space-time has led to exciting cross-fertilization between physics and mathematics, especially with the discovery of mirror symmetry in 1989. A new string revolution in the mid-1990s brought the notion of branes to the forefront. As foreseen by Kontsevich, these turned out to have mathematical counterparts in the derived category of coherent sheaves on an algebraic variety and the Fukaya category of a symplectic manifold. This has led to exciting new work, including the Strominger-Yau-Zaslow conjecture, which used the theory of branes to propose a geometric basis for mirror symmetry, the theory of stability conditions on triangulated categories, and a physical basis for the McKay correspondence. These developments have led to a great deal of new mathematical work. One difficulty in understanding all aspects of this work is that it requires being able to speak two different languages, the language of string theory and the language of algebraic geometry. The 2002 Clay School on Geometry and String Theory set out to bridge this gap, and this monograph builds on the expository lectures given there to provide an up-to-date discussion including subsequent developments. A natural sequel to the first Clay monograph on Mirror Symmetry, it presents the new ideas coming out of the interactions of string theory and algebraic geometry in a coherent logical context. We hope it will allow students and researchers who are familiar with the language of one of the two fields to gain acquaintance with the language of the other. The book first introduces the notion of Dirichlet brane in the context of topological quantum field theories, and then reviews the basics of string theory. After showing how notions of branes arose in string theory, it turns to an introduction to the algebraic geometry, sheaf theory, and homological algebra needed to define and work with derived categories. The physical existence conditions for branes are then discussed and compared in the context of mirror symmetry, culminating in Bridgeland's definition of stability structures, and its applications to the McKay correspondence and quantum geometry. The book continues with detailed treatments of the Strominger-Yau-Zaslow conjecture, Calabi-Yau metrics and homological mirror symmetry, and discusses more recent physical developments. This book is suitable for graduate students and researchers with either a physics or mathematics background, who are interested in the interface between string theory and algebraic geometry.

The Finiteness Obstruction of C. T. C. Wall

Author: Kalathoor Varadarajan

Publisher: Wiley-Interscience


Category: Mathematics

Page: 194

View: 6161

This monograph gives an account of C. T. C. Wall's work on finiteness conditions on CW-complexes. Varadarayan recasts Wall's obstruction proofs in algebraic terms (the proofs depending upon results from algebraic number theory and on K-theoretic induction theorems), and ends with a study of finitely-dominated nilpotent spaces. Most of the material in this volume appears for the first time in book form.

Mirror Symmetry and Algebraic Geometry

Author: David A. Cox,Sheldon Katz

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 082182127X

Category: Mathematics

Page: 469

View: 1401

Mathematicians wanting to get into the field ... will find a very well written and encyclopaedic account of the mathematics which was needed in, and was developed from, what now might be termed classical mirror symmetry. --Bulletin of the LMS The book is highly recommended for everyone who wants to learn about the fascinating recent interplay between physics and mathematics. --Mathematical Reviews Mirror symmetry began when theoretical physicists made some astonishing predictions about rational curves on quintic hypersurfaces in four-dimensional projective space. Understanding the mathematics behind these predictions has been a substantial challenge. This book is a completely comprehensive monograph on mirror symmetry, covering the original observations by the physicists through the most recent progress made to date. Subjects discussed include toric varieties, Hodge theory, Kahler geometry, moduli of stable maps, Calabi-Yau manifolds, quantum cohomology, Gromov-Witten invariants, and the mirror theorem.

Number Theory I

Fundamental Problems, Ideas and Theories

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

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3662080052

Category: Mathematics

Page: 306

View: 8633

A unified survey of both the status quo and the continuing trends of various branches of number theory. Motivated by elementary problems, the authors present todays most significant results and methods. Topics covered include non-Abelian generalisations of class field theory, recursive computability and Diophantine equations, zeta- and L-functions. The book is rounded off with an overview of the major conjectures, most of which are based on analogies between functions and numbers, and on connections with other branches of mathematics such as analysis, representation theory, geometry and algebraic topology.

Surveys in Modern Mathematics

Author: Victor Prasolov

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521547938

Category: Mathematics

Page: 348

View: 7648

This collection of articles from the Independent University of Moscow is derived from the Globus seminars held there. They are given by world authorities, from Russia and elsewhere, in various areas of mathematics and are designed to introduce graduate students to some of the most dynamic areas of mathematical research. The seminars aim to be informal, wide-ranging and forward-looking, getting across the ideas and concepts rather than formal proofs, and this carries over to the articles here. Topics covered range from computational complexity, algebraic geometry, dynamics, through to number theory and quantum groups. The volume as a whole is a fascinating and exciting overview of contemporary mathematics.

Discovering Mathematics with Magma

Reducing the Abstract to the Concrete

Author: Wieb Bosma,John Cannon

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540376348

Category: Computers

Page: 364

View: 6702

Based on the ontology and semantics of algebra, the computer algebra system Magma enables users to rapidly formulate and perform calculations in abstract parts of mathematics. Edited by the principal designers of the program, this book explores Magma. Coverage ranges from number theory and algebraic geometry, through representation theory and group theory to discrete mathematics and graph theory. Includes case studies describing computations underpinning new theoretical results.

Physics and Number Theory

Author: Louise Nyssen

Publisher: European Mathematical Society

ISBN: 3037190280

Category: Mathematics

Page: 265

View: 1998