Synopses & Reviews
The theory of integer partitions is a subject of enduring interest as well as a major research area. It has found numerous applications, including celebrated results such as the Rogers-Ramanujan identities. The aim of this introductory textbook is to provide an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to partitions, without requiring anything more than some familiarity with polynomials and infinite series. Many exercises are included, together with some solutions and helpful hints.
"...until now there has not been a good introduction to the subject at an elementary level. Integer Partitions...is written at a level that most undergraduates, and even many high school students, could follow quite easily."
-MAA Reviews, Darren Glass, Columbia University
"This book is written in a very easy and friendly style. The authors start from scratch and lead the readers from the easy to the unsolved problems. It is really a pleasure to read."
Provides a wide ranging introduction to partitions, accessible to any reader familiar with polynomials and infinite series.
About the Author
George E. Andrews is Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, the Principal Lecturer at a Conference Board for the Mathematical Sciences meeting, and a Hedrick Lecturer for the MAA. Having published extensively on the theory of partitions and related areas, he has been formally recognized for his contribution to pure mathematics by several prestigious universities and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA).Kimmo Eriksson is Professor of Mathematics at Mälardalen University College, where he has served as the dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology. He has published in combinatorics, computational biology and game theory. He is also the author of several textbooks in discrete mathematics and recreational mathematics, and has received numerous prizes for excellence in teaching.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Euler and beyond; 3. Ferrers graphs; 4. The Rogers-Ramanujan identities; 5. Generating functions; 6. Formulas for partition functions; 7. Gaussian polynomials; 8. Durfee squares; 9. Euler refined; 10. Plane partitions; 11. Growing Ferrers boards; 12. Musings; A. Infinite series and products; B. References; C. Solutions and hints.