PREFACE
The spirit of a three-year-old will be
kept until 100 A Japanese saying
There are two principal themes in the present book. The first one concerns a
quadratic Diophantine equation of the form X^\-=1 (fijxixj 7 ? where ip = (Pij)
is a symmetric matrix with coefficients in Z and 0 / g G Z. For given ip and q
a solution x = (x{) with Xi G Z is called primitive if the Xi have no nontrivial
common divisor. When the equation is of the form x\ +x\ + x\ = q, Gauss showed
in his Disquisitiones that the number of primitive solutions is an elementary factor
times the class number of primitive binary quadratic forms of discriminant —q. His
proof is roundabout; besides, though later researchers treated the cases of five and
seven squares and obtained the formula for the number of primitive representations
in terms of special values of Dirichlet L-functions, the connection with the class
number was never explained satisfactorily. In the present book I show that the
number of orbits of primitive solutions under a group of units is essentially the
class number of an orthogonal group of degree n 1, in such a way that the fact
specialized to the case of three squares gives the result of Gauss in a more direct
way.
The other principal theme is a certain Euler product, the idea of which originated
in January 1961 when I presented a theory of Hecke operators for Sp(n, Q) in a
seminar at the University of Tokyo. Taking the group of similitudes instead of
Sp{n, Q), I found, when n 2, an Euler product of degree 4, and also a congruence
relation for each Euler p- factor. The results were published in a short article two
years later, and I turned my attention to other directions since then. Though I was
always conscious of this problem, I was unable to gain a clear perspective until a
few years ago, when I realized that I could treat it as a special case of the theory for
Clifford groups. A large portion of this book is devoted to a full exposition of the
theory including meromorphic continuation of Euler products and Eisenstein series
on such groups, attaining my desire 42 years ago in a more general setting. At
the same time we treat Euler products and Eisenstein series on orthogonal groups,
which are actually special cases of those on Clifford groups. One of the new points
of this work is that the gamma factors can be determined explicitly when the
automorphic forms in question are nonholomorphic eigenfunctions of differential
operators.
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