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Number theory : a historical approach

Author: John J Watkins
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014]
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"The natural numbers have been studied for thousands of years, yet most undergraduate textbooks present number theory as a long list of theorems with little mention of how these results were discovered or why they are important. This book emphasizes the historical development of number theory, describing methods, theorems, and proofs in the contexts in which they originated, and providing an accessible introduction  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John J Watkins
ISBN: 9780691159409 0691159408
OCLC Number: 852681853
Description: xiv, 576 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Number Theory Begins --
Pierre de Fermat --
Pythagorean Triangles --
Babylonian Mathematics --
Sexagesimal Numbers --
Regular Numbers --
Square Numbers --
Primitive Pythagorean Triples --
Infinite Descent --
Arithmetic Progressions --
Fibonacci's Approach --
Problems --
2. Euclid --
Greek Mathematics --
Triangular Numbers --
Tetrahedral and Pyramidal Numbers --
The Axiomatic Method --
Proof by Contradiction --
Euclid's Self-Evident Truths --
Unique Factorization --
Pythagorean Tuning --
Problems --
3. Divisibility --
The Euclidean Algorithm --
The Greatest Common Divisor --
The Division Algorithm --
Divisibility --
The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic --
Congruences --
Divisibility Tests --
Continued Fractions --
Problems --
4. Diophantus --
The Arithmetica --
Problems from the Arithmetica --
A Note in the Margin --
Diophantine Equations --
Pell's Equation --
Continued Fractions --
Problems --
5. Fermat --
Christmas Day, 1640. Contents note continued: Fermat's Little Theorem --
Primes as Sums of Two Squares --
Sums of Two Squares --
Perfect Numbers --
Mersenne Primes --
Fermat Numbers --
Binomial Coefficients --
"Multi Pertransibunt et Augebitur Scientia" --
Problems --
6. Congruences --
Fermat's Little Theorem --
Linear Congruences --
Inverses --
The Chinese Remainder Theorem --
Wilson's Theorem --
Two Quadratic Congruences --
Lagrange's Theorem --
Problems --
7. Euler and Lagrange --
A New Beginning --
Euler's Phi Function --
Primitive Roots --
Euler's Identity --
Quadratic Residues --
Lagrange --
Lagrange's Four Squares Theorem --
Sums of Three Squares --
Waring's Problem --
Fermat's Last Theorem --
Problems --
8. Gauss --
The Young Gauss --
Quadratic Residues --
The Legendre Symbol --
Euler's Criterion --
Gauss's Lemma --
Euler's Conjecture --
The Law of Quadratic Reciprocity --
Problems --
9. Primes I --
Factoring --
The Quadratic Sieve Method --
Is n Prime? --
Pseudoprimes --
Absolute Pseudoprimes. Contents note continued: A Probabilistic Test --
Can n Divide 2n--1 or 2n+1? --
Mersenne Primes --
Problems --
10. Primes II --
Gaps Both Large and Small --
The Twin Prime Conjecture --
The Series --
Bertrand's Postulate --
Goldbach's Conjecture --
Arithmetic Progressions --
Problems --
11. Sophie Germain --
Monsieur LeBlanc --
Germain Primes --
Germain's Grand Plan --
Fermat's Last Theorem --
Problems --
12. Fibonacci Numbers --
Fibonacci --
The Fibonacci Sequence --
The Golden Ratio --
Fibonacci Numbers in Nature --
Binet's Formula --
Tiling and the Fibonacci Numbers --
Fibonacci Numbers and Divisibility --
Generating Functions --
Problems --
13. Cryptography --
Secret Codes on Mount Everest --
Caesar and Vigenere Ciphers --
Unbreakable Ciphers --
Public-Key Systems --
Problems --
14. Continued Fractions --
The Golden Ratio Revisited --
Finite Continued Fractions --
Infinite Continued Fractions --
Approximation --
Pell's Equation --
Problems --
15. Partitions --
Euler. Contents note continued: Generating Functions --
Euler's Pentagonal Number Theorem --
Ferrers Graphs --
Ramanujan --
Problems --
Hints for Selected Problems --
Solutions to Selected Problems --
Brief Introduction to Sage --
Suggestions for Further Reading --
Pronunciation Guide --
Table of Primes.
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