XIV Preface [192] or [241]. This theory is heavily used in the first part. In addition, the reader might have to review material from complex analysis (see Appendix A and B) and differential equations on Banach manifolds (second part only) if (s)he feels (s)he does not have the necessary background. However, this knowledge is mainly needed for understanding proofs rather than the results themselves. The style of this book The style of this monograph is strongly influenced by my personal bias. I have striven to present an intuitive approach to each subject and to include the simplest possible proof for every result. Most proofs are rather sketchy in character, so that the main idea becomes clear instead of being drowned by technicalities. Nevertheless, I have always tried to include enough information for the reader to fill in the remaining details (her)himself if desired. To help researchers, using this monograph as a reference, to quickly spot the result they are looking for, most information is found in display style formulas. The entire treatment is supposed to be mathematically rigorous. I have tried to prove every statement I make and, in particular, these little obvious things, which turn out less obvious once one tries to prove them. In this respect I had Marchenko's monograph on Sturm-Liouville operators [167] and the one by Weidmann [241] on functional analysis in mind. Literature The first two chapters are of an introductory nature and collect some well- known "folklore", the successive more advanced chapters are a synthesis of results from research papers. In most cases I have rearranged the material, streamlined proofs, and added further facts which are not published elsewhere. All results appear without special attribution to who first obtained them but there is a section entitled "Notes on literature" in each part which contains references to the literature plus hints for additional reading. The bibliography is selective and far from being complete. It contains mainly references I (am aware of and which I) have actually used in the process of writing this book. Terminology and notation For the most part, the terminology used agrees with generally accepted usage. Whenever possible, I have tried to preserve original notation. Unfortunately I had to break with this policy at various points, since I have given higher priority to a consistent (and self-explaining) notation throughout the entire monograph. A glossary of notation can be found towards the end. Contents For convenience of the reader, I have split the material into two parts one on Jacobi operators and one on completely integrable lattices. In particular, the second part is to a wide extent independent of the first one and anybody interested
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