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Book DetailsAMS Chelsea PublishingVolume: 371; 1973; 160 ppMSC: Primary 30;
Most conformal invariants can be described in terms of extremal properties. Conformal invariants and extremal problems are therefore intimately linked and form together the central theme of this classic book which is primarily intended for students with approximately a year's background in complex variable theory. The book emphasizes the geometric approach as well as classical and semiclassical results which Lars Ahlfors felt every student of complex analysis should know before embarking on independent research.
At the time of the book's original appearance, much of this material had never appeared in book form, particularly the discussion of the theory of extremal length. Schiffer's variational method also receives special attention, and a proof of \(\vert a_4\vert \leq 4\) is included which was new at the time of publication. The last two chapters give an introduction to Riemann surfaces, with topological and analytical background supplied to support a proof of the uniformization theorem.
Included in this new reprint is a Foreword by Peter Duren, F. W. Gehring, and Brad Osgood, as well as an extensive errata.…encompasses a wealth of material in a mere one hundred and fiftyone pages. Its purpose is to present an exposition of selected topics in the geometric theory of functions of one complex variable, which in the author's opinion should be known by all prospective workers in complex analysis. From a methodological point of view the approach of the book is dominated by the notion of conformal invariant and concomitantly by extremal considerations. …It is a splendid offering.
—Reviewed for Math Reviews by M. H. Heins in 1975
ReadershipUndergraduates, graduate students, and research mathematicians interested in geometric theory of functions of one complex variable.

Table of Contents

Chapters

Chapter 1. Applications of Schwarz’s lemma

Chapter 2. Capacity

Chapter 3. Harmonic measure

Chapter 4. Extremal length

Chapter 5. Elementary theory of univalent functions

Chapter 6. Löewner’s method

Chapter 7. The Schiffer variation

Chapter 8. Properties of the extremal functions

Chapter 9. Riemann surfaces

Chapter 10. The uniformization theorem


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Most conformal invariants can be described in terms of extremal properties. Conformal invariants and extremal problems are therefore intimately linked and form together the central theme of this classic book which is primarily intended for students with approximately a year's background in complex variable theory. The book emphasizes the geometric approach as well as classical and semiclassical results which Lars Ahlfors felt every student of complex analysis should know before embarking on independent research.
At the time of the book's original appearance, much of this material had never appeared in book form, particularly the discussion of the theory of extremal length. Schiffer's variational method also receives special attention, and a proof of \(\vert a_4\vert \leq 4\) is included which was new at the time of publication. The last two chapters give an introduction to Riemann surfaces, with topological and analytical background supplied to support a proof of the uniformization theorem.
Included in this new reprint is a Foreword by Peter Duren, F. W. Gehring, and Brad Osgood, as well as an extensive errata.
…encompasses a wealth of material in a mere one hundred and fiftyone pages. Its purpose is to present an exposition of selected topics in the geometric theory of functions of one complex variable, which in the author's opinion should be known by all prospective workers in complex analysis. From a methodological point of view the approach of the book is dominated by the notion of conformal invariant and concomitantly by extremal considerations. …It is a splendid offering.
—Reviewed for Math Reviews by M. H. Heins in 1975
Undergraduates, graduate students, and research mathematicians interested in geometric theory of functions of one complex variable.

Chapters

Chapter 1. Applications of Schwarz’s lemma

Chapter 2. Capacity

Chapter 3. Harmonic measure

Chapter 4. Extremal length

Chapter 5. Elementary theory of univalent functions

Chapter 6. Löewner’s method

Chapter 7. The Schiffer variation

Chapter 8. Properties of the extremal functions

Chapter 9. Riemann surfaces

Chapter 10. The uniformization theorem