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Book DetailsStudent Mathematical LibraryVolume: 30; 2005; 176 ppMSC: Primary 37; 51; Secondary 49; 70; 78;
Mathematical billiards describe the motion of a mass point in a domain with elastic reflections off the boundary or, equivalently, the behavior of rays of light in a domain with ideally reflecting boundary. From the point of view of differential geometry, the billiard flow is the geodesic flow on a manifold with boundary. This book is devoted to billiards in their relation with differential geometry, classical mechanics, and geometrical optics.
Topics covered include variational principles of billiard motion, symplectic geometry of rays of light and integral geometry, existence and nonexistence of caustics, optical properties of conics and quadrics and completely integrable billiards, periodic billiard trajectories, polygonal billiards, mechanisms of chaos in billiard dynamics, and the lesserknown subject of dual (or outer) billiards.
The book is based on an advanced undergraduate topics course. Minimum prerequisites are the standard material covered in the first two years of college mathematics (the entire calculus sequence, linear algebra). However, readers should show some mathematical maturity and rely on their mathematical common sense.
A unique feature of the book is the coverage of many diverse topics related to billiards, for example, evolutes and involutes of plane curves, the fourvertex theorem, a mathematical theory of rainbows, distribution of first digits in various sequences, Morse theory, the Poincaré recurrence theorem, Hilbert's fourth problem, Poncelet porism, and many others. There are approximately 100 illustrations.
The book is suitable for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers interested in ergodic theory and geometry.This book is published in cooperation with Mathematics Advanced Study Semesters.ReadershipAdvanced undergraduates, graduate students, and research mathematicians interested in ergodic theory and geometry.

Table of Contents

Chapters

Chapter 1. Motivation: Mechanics and optics

Chapter 2. Billiard in the circle and the square

Chapter 3. Billiard ball map and integral geometry

Chapter 4. Billiards inside conics and quadrics

Chapter 5. Existence and nonexistence of caustics

Chapter 6. Periodic trajectories

Chapter 7. Billiards in polygons

Chapter 8. Chaotic billiards

Chapter 9. Dual billiards


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(This book) is very well written, with nice illustrations. The author presents the results very clearly, with interesting digressions and he mentions applications of billiards to various fields.
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Mathematical billiards describe the motion of a mass point in a domain with elastic reflections off the boundary or, equivalently, the behavior of rays of light in a domain with ideally reflecting boundary. From the point of view of differential geometry, the billiard flow is the geodesic flow on a manifold with boundary. This book is devoted to billiards in their relation with differential geometry, classical mechanics, and geometrical optics.
Topics covered include variational principles of billiard motion, symplectic geometry of rays of light and integral geometry, existence and nonexistence of caustics, optical properties of conics and quadrics and completely integrable billiards, periodic billiard trajectories, polygonal billiards, mechanisms of chaos in billiard dynamics, and the lesserknown subject of dual (or outer) billiards.
The book is based on an advanced undergraduate topics course. Minimum prerequisites are the standard material covered in the first two years of college mathematics (the entire calculus sequence, linear algebra). However, readers should show some mathematical maturity and rely on their mathematical common sense.
A unique feature of the book is the coverage of many diverse topics related to billiards, for example, evolutes and involutes of plane curves, the fourvertex theorem, a mathematical theory of rainbows, distribution of first digits in various sequences, Morse theory, the Poincaré recurrence theorem, Hilbert's fourth problem, Poncelet porism, and many others. There are approximately 100 illustrations.
The book is suitable for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers interested in ergodic theory and geometry.
Advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and research mathematicians interested in ergodic theory and geometry.

Chapters

Chapter 1. Motivation: Mechanics and optics

Chapter 2. Billiard in the circle and the square

Chapter 3. Billiard ball map and integral geometry

Chapter 4. Billiards inside conics and quadrics

Chapter 5. Existence and nonexistence of caustics

Chapter 6. Periodic trajectories

Chapter 7. Billiards in polygons

Chapter 8. Chaotic billiards

Chapter 9. Dual billiards

(This book) is very well written, with nice illustrations. The author presents the results very clearly, with interesting digressions and he mentions applications of billiards to various fields.
Zentralblatt MATH