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AMS Chelsea Publishing
1951; 333 pp; hardcover
List Price: US$41
Member Price: US$36.90
Order Code: CHEL/85.H
Lester Ford's book was the first treatise in English on automorphic functions. At the time of its publication (1929), it was welcomed for its elegant treatment of groups of linear transformations and for the remarkably clear and explicit exposition throughout the book. Ford's extraordinary talent for writing has been memorialized in the prestigious award that bears his name. The book, in the meantime, has become a recognized classic.
Ford's approach is primarily through analytic function theory. The first part of the book covers groups of linear transformations, especially Fuchsian groups, fundamental domains, and functions that are invariant under the groups, including the classical elliptic modular functions and Poincaré theta series. The second part of the book covers conformal mappings, uniformization, and connections between automorphic functions and differential equations with regular singular points, such as the hypergeometric equation.
Graduate students and research mathematicians.
"The exposition is remarkably clear and explicit ... a very simple and elegant treatment of groups of linear transformations, their fundamental regions and the functions invariant under the groups ... Professor Ford's work, in the first part of his book, is not mere exposition. The methods which he creates are original, and of permanent scientific value ... The second half of the book gives a detailed account of conformal mapping and uniformization, and considers some of the relations of automorphic functions to differential equations."
-- Bulletin of the AMS
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