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Elementary Number Theory

  • Gareth A. Jones
  • J. Mary Jones

Part of the Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series book series (SUMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Gareth A. Jones, J. Mary Jones
    Pages 1-17
  3. Gareth A. Jones, J. Mary Jones
    Pages 19-36
  4. Gareth A. Jones, J. Mary Jones
    Pages 37-63
  5. Gareth A. Jones, J. Mary Jones
    Pages 65-82
  6. Gareth A. Jones, J. Mary Jones
    Pages 83-96
  7. Gareth A. Jones, J. Mary Jones
    Pages 97-118
  8. Gareth A. Jones, J. Mary Jones
    Pages 119-141
  9. Gareth A. Jones, J. Mary Jones
    Pages 143-162
  10. Gareth A. Jones, J. Mary Jones
    Pages 163-189
  11. Gareth A. Jones, J. Mary Jones
    Pages 191-215
  12. Gareth A. Jones, J. Mary Jones
    Pages 217-237
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 239-301

About this book

Introduction

Our intention in writing this book is to give an elementary introduction to number theory which does not demand a great deal of mathematical back­ ground or maturity from the reader, and which can be read and understood with no extra assistance. Our first three chapters are based almost entirely on A-level mathematics, while the next five require little else beyond some el­ ementary group theory. It is only in the last three chapters, where we treat more advanced topics, including recent developments, that we require greater mathematical background; here we use some basic ideas which students would expect to meet in the first year or so of a typical undergraduate course in math­ ematics. Throughout the book, we have attempted to explain our arguments as fully and as clearly as possible, with plenty of worked examples and with outline solutions for all the exercises. There are several good reasons for choosing number theory as a subject. It has a long and interesting history, ranging from the earliest recorded times to the present day (see Chapter 11, for instance, on Fermat's Last Theorem), and its problems have attracted many of the greatest mathematicians; consequently the study of number theory is an excellent introduction to the development and achievements of mathematics (and, indeed, some of its failures). In particular, the explicit nature of many of its problems, concerning basic properties of inte­ gers, makes number theory a particularly suitable subject in which to present modern mathematics in elementary terms.

Keywords

Mersenne prime Prime Prime number Riemann zeta function calculus cryptography number theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Gareth A. Jones
    • 1
  • J. Mary Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MathematicsUniversity of SouthamptonHighfieldUK
  2. 2.The Open UniversityWalton HallUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-0613-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-76197-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-0613-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1615-2085
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