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Structural Properties of Polylogarithms : Mathematical Surveys and Monographs - Leonard Lewin

Structural Properties of Polylogarithms

Mathematical Surveys and Monographs

Hardcover Published: January 1991
ISBN: 9780821816349
Number Of Pages: 419

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About ten years ago, the handful of peculiar numerical diogarithmic 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.

The evolution of the ladder concept;
Dilogarithmic ladders;
Polylogarithmic ladders;
Supernumary ladders;
Functional equations and ladders;
Multivariable polylogarithm identities;
Functional equations of hyperlogarithms;
Kummer-type functional equations of polylogarithms;
The basic structure of polylogarithmic functional equations;
K-theory, cyclotomic equations, and Clausen's function;
Function theory of polylogarithms;
Partition identities and the dilogarithm;
The dilogarithm and volumes of hyperbolic polytopes;
Introduction to higher logarithms;
Some miscellaneous results;
Appendix A: Special values and functional equations of polylogarithms;
Summary of the informal polylogarithm workshop
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ISBN: 9780821816349
ISBN-10: 0821816349
Series: Mathematical Surveys and Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 419
Published: January 1991
Publisher: American Mathematical Society
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.7 x 19.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.94

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