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eBook ISBN:  9781470438845 
Product Code:  HMATH/16.E 
List Price:  $60.00 
MAA Member Price:  $54.00 
AMS Member Price:  $48.00 

Book DetailsHistory of MathematicsHistory of Mathematics Source SeriesVolume: 16; 1999; 275 ppMSC: Primary 11;
This volume is a translation of Dirichlet's
Vorlesungen über Zahlentheorie which includes nine supplements by Dedekind and an introduction by John Stillwell, who translated the volume.
Lectures on Number Theory is the first of its kind on the subject matter. It covers most of the topics that are standard in a modern first course on number theory, but also includes Dirichlet's famous results on class numbers and primes in arithmetic progressions.
The book is suitable as a textbook, yet it also offers a fascinating historical perspective that links Gauss with modern number theory. The legendary story is told how Dirichlet kept a copy of Gauss'sDisquisitiones Arithmeticae with him at all times and how Dirichlet strove to clarify and simplify Gauss's results. Dedekind's footnotes document what material Dirichlet took from Gauss, allowing insight into how Dirichlet transformed the ideas into essentially modern form.
Also shown is how Gauss built on a long tradition in number theory—going back to Diophantus—and how it set the agenda for Dirichlet's work. This important book combines historical perspective with transcendent mathematical insight. The material is still fresh and presented in a very readable fashion.
This volume is one of an informal sequence of works within the History of Mathematics series. Volumes in this subset, “Sources”, are classical mathematical works that served as cornerstones for modern mathematical thought. (For another historical translation by Professor Stillwell, seeSources of Hyperbolic Geometry , Volume 10 in the History of Mathematics series.)ReadershipGraduate students and research mathematicians interested in number theory; mathematical historians.

Table of Contents

Chapters

On the divisibility of numbers

On the congruence of numbers

On quadratic residues

On quadratic forms

Determination of the class number of binary quadratic forms

Supplement I. Some theorems from Gauss’s theory of circle division

Supplement II. On the limiting value of an infinite series

Supplement III. A geometric theorem

Supplement IV. Genera of quadratic forms

Supplement V. Power residues for composite moduli

Supplement VI. Primes in arithmetic progressions

Supplement VII. Some theorems from the theory of circle division

Supplement VIII. On the Pell equation

Supplement IX. Convergence and continuity of some infinite series


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A new edition of Dirichlet's Lectures on Number Theory would be big news any day, but it's particularly gratifying to see the book appear as “the first of an informal sequence” which is to include “classical mathematical works that served as cornerstones for modern mathematical thought.” So all power to the American Mathematical Society and the London Mathematical Society in their jointventure History of Mathematics series: may the “Sources” subseries live long and prosper. [T]his is quite accessible, and could almost be used as a textbook still today. For those who like to heed Abel's admonition to “read the masters, not their students,” here's a great opportunity to learn more about Number Theory.
MAA Online 
This is a nice English edition of Dirichlet's famous
Vorlesungen über Zahlentheorie , including the nine Supplements by Dedekind, translated by John Stillwell. As one of the most important numbertheoretical books of the 19th century this book needs no further description, and can be recommended to those who have problems with the German language, or to those who cannot find the German original in the library. This book should certainly have a permanent place on every mathematical bookshelf.European Mathematical Society Newsletter


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This volume is a translation of Dirichlet's
The book is suitable as a textbook, yet it also offers a fascinating historical perspective that links Gauss with modern number theory. The legendary story is told how Dirichlet kept a copy of Gauss's
Also shown is how Gauss built on a long tradition in number theory—going back to Diophantus—and how it set the agenda for Dirichlet's work. This important book combines historical perspective with transcendent mathematical insight. The material is still fresh and presented in a very readable fashion.
This volume is one of an informal sequence of works within the History of Mathematics series. Volumes in this subset, “Sources”, are classical mathematical works that served as cornerstones for modern mathematical thought. (For another historical translation by Professor Stillwell, see
Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in number theory; mathematical historians.

Chapters

On the divisibility of numbers

On the congruence of numbers

On quadratic residues

On quadratic forms

Determination of the class number of binary quadratic forms

Supplement I. Some theorems from Gauss’s theory of circle division

Supplement II. On the limiting value of an infinite series

Supplement III. A geometric theorem

Supplement IV. Genera of quadratic forms

Supplement V. Power residues for composite moduli

Supplement VI. Primes in arithmetic progressions

Supplement VII. Some theorems from the theory of circle division

Supplement VIII. On the Pell equation

Supplement IX. Convergence and continuity of some infinite series

A new edition of Dirichlet's Lectures on Number Theory would be big news any day, but it's particularly gratifying to see the book appear as “the first of an informal sequence” which is to include “classical mathematical works that served as cornerstones for modern mathematical thought.” So all power to the American Mathematical Society and the London Mathematical Society in their jointventure History of Mathematics series: may the “Sources” subseries live long and prosper. [T]his is quite accessible, and could almost be used as a textbook still today. For those who like to heed Abel's admonition to “read the masters, not their students,” here's a great opportunity to learn more about Number Theory.
MAA Online 
This is a nice English edition of Dirichlet's famous
Vorlesungen über Zahlentheorie , including the nine Supplements by Dedekind, translated by John Stillwell. As one of the most important numbertheoretical books of the 19th century this book needs no further description, and can be recommended to those who have problems with the German language, or to those who cannot find the German original in the library. This book should certainly have a permanent place on every mathematical bookshelf.European Mathematical Society Newsletter