Complex Analysis

Fundamentals of the Classical Theory of Functions

  • John Stalker

Part of the Modern Birkhäuser Classics book series (MBC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. John Stalker
    Pages 1-76
  3. John Stalker
    Pages 77-147
  4. John Stalker
    Pages 149-199
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    Pages 201-220
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 221-228

About this book


This clear, concise introduction to the classical theory of one complex variable is based on the premise that "anything worth doing is worth doing with interesting examples."  The content is driven by techniques and examples rather than definitions and theorems.  This self-contained monograph is an excellent resource for a self-study guide and should appeal to a broad audience.  The only prerequisite is a standard calculus course.


The first chapter deals with a beautiful presentation of special functions. . . . The third chapter covers elliptic and modular functions. . . in much more detail, and from a different point of view, than one can find in standard introductory books. . . . For [the] subjects that are omitted, the author has suggested some excellent references for the reader who wants to go through these topics. The book is read easily and with great interest. It can be recommended to both students as a textbook and to mathematicians and physicists as a useful reference. ---Mathematical Reviews

Mainly original papers are cited to support the historical remarks. The book is well readable. ---Zentralblatt für Mathematik

This is an unusual textbook, incorporating material showing how classical function theory can be used. . . . The general scheme is to show the reader how things were developed without following the traditional approach of most books on functional theory. . . . This book can be recommended to those who like to see applications of the theory taught in classical courses. ---EMS


Complex analysis Einstein Series Euler-MacLaurin Summation Hypergeometric Function Meromorphic function Metamorphic Functions Stirling's Series Variable Whittaker Function calculus contour integration function gamma function mathematics theorem

Authors and affiliations

  • John Stalker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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