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17 Lectures on Fermat Numbers: From Number Theory to Geometry (CMS Books in Mathematics)by Michal Krizek
Synopses & ReviewsPublisher Comments:French mathematician Pierre de Fermat became most well known for his pioneering work in the area of number theory. His work with numbers has been attracting the attention of amateur and professional mathematicians for over 350 years. This book was written in honor of the 400th anniversary of his birth and is based on a series of lectures given by the authors. The purpose of this book is to provide readers with an overview of the many properties of Fermat numbers and to demonstrate their numerous appearances and applications in areas such as number theory, probability theory, geometry, and signal processing. This book introduces a general mathematical audience to basic mathematical ideas and algebraic methods connected with the Fermat numbers and will provide invaluable reading for the amateur and professional alike. Michal Krizek is a senior researcher at the Mathematical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University in Prague. Florian Luca is a researcher at the Mathematical Institute of the UNAM in Morelia, Mexico. Lawrence Somer is a Professor of Mathematics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C.
Synopsis:The pioneering work of Pierre de Fermat has attracted the attention of mathematicians for over 350 years. This book provides an overview of the many properties of Fermat numbers and demonstrates their applications in areas such as number theory, probability theory, geometry, and signal processing. It is an ideal introduction to the basic mathematical ideas and algebraic methods connected with the Fermat numbers.
Synopsis:The pioneering work of French mathematician Pierre de Fermat has attracted the attention of mathematicians for over 350 years. This book was written in honor of the 400th anniversary of his birth, providing readers with an overview of the many properties of Fermat numbers and demonstrating their applications in areas such as number theory, probability theory, geometry, and signal processing. This book introduces a general mathematical audience to basic mathematical ideas and algebraic methods connected with the Fermat numbers.
Table of ContentsForeword by Alena Solcová * Table of Contents * Preface * Glossary of Symbols * Introduction * Fundamentals of Number Theory * Basic Properties of Fermat Numbers * The Most Beautiful Theorems on Fermat Numbers * Primality of Fermat Numbers * Divisibility of Fermat Numbers * Factors of Fermat Numbers * Connection With the Pascal Triangle * Miscellaneous Results * The Irrationality of the Sum of Some Reciprocals * Fermat Primes and a Diophantine Equation * Fermat's Little Theorem, Pseudoprimes, and SuperPseudoprimes * Generalizations of Fermat Numbers * Open Problems * Fermat Number Transform and Other Applications * The Proof of Gauss's Theorem * Euclidean Constructions of the Regular Heptadecagon * Appendix A, B, C * References * Web Site Sources * Name Index * Subject Index
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