The Implicit Function Theorem

History, Theory, and Applications

  • Steven G. Krantz
  • Harold R. Parks

Part of the Modern Birkhäuser Classics book series (MBC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Steven G. Krantz, Harold R. Parks
    Pages 1-12
  3. Steven G. Krantz, Harold R. Parks
    Pages 13-33
  4. Steven G. Krantz, Harold R. Parks
    Pages 35-59
  5. Steven G. Krantz, Harold R. Parks
    Pages 61-91
  6. Steven G. Krantz, Harold R. Parks
    Pages 93-115
  7. Steven G. Krantz, Harold R. Parks
    Pages 117-144
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 145-163

About this book


The implicit function theorem is part of the bedrock of mathematical analysis and geometry. Finding its genesis in eighteenth century studies of real analytic functions and mechanics, the implicit and inverse function theorems have now blossomed into powerful tools in the theories of partial differential equations, differential geometry, and geometric analysis.  

There are many different forms of the implicit function theorem, including (i) the classical formulation for Ck functions, (ii) formulations in other function spaces, (iii) formulations for non-smooth functions, and (iv) formulations for functions with degenerate Jacobian. Particularly powerful implicit function theorems, such as the Nash–Moser theorem, have been developed for specific applications (e.g., the imbedding of Riemannian manifolds). All of these topics, and many more, are treated in the present uncorrected reprint of this classic monograph.

Originally published in 2002, The Implicit Function Theorem is an accessible and thorough treatment of implicit and inverse function theorems and their applications. It will be of interest to mathematicians, graduate/advanced undergraduate students, and to those who apply mathematics. The book unifies disparate ideas that have played an important role in modern mathematics. It serves to document and place in context a substantial body of mathematical ideas.


Implicit Function Theorem Inverse Function Theorem Numerical Homotopy Methods Real Analysis Smooth Functions

Authors and affiliations

  • Steven G. Krantz
    • 1
  • Harold R. Parks
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of MathematicsWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2., Department of MathematicsOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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