Elementary Dirichlet Series and Modular Forms

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Springer New York, Sep 10, 2007 - Mathematics - 152 pages
A book on any mathematical subject above textbook level is not of much value unless it contains new ideas and new perspectives. Also, the author may be encouraged to include new results, provided that they help the reader gain newinsightsandarepresentedalongwithknownoldresultsinaclearexposition. Itis with this philosophy that Iwrite this volume. The two subjects, Dirichlet series and modular forms, are traditional, but I treat them in both orthodox and unorthodox ways. However, I try to make the book accessible to those who are not familiar with such topics, by including plenty of expository material. More speci?c descriptions of the contents will be given in the Introduction. To some extent, this book has a supplementary nature to my previous book Introduction to the Arithmetic Theory of Automorphic Functions, published by Princeton University Press in 1971, though I do not write the present book with that intent. While the 1971 book grew out of my lectures in various places, the essential points of this new book have never been presented publicly or privately. I hope that it will draw an audience as large as that of the previous book.

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Goro Shimura was born in Hamamatsu, Japan on February 23, 1930. He received a bachelor's degree in 1952 and a doctorate in 1958 from the University of Tokyo. He taught at the University of Tokyo and Osaka University before becoming a visiting professor at Princeton University in 1962. He was a professor at Princeton from 1964 until his retirement in 1999. As a mathematician, his insights provided the foundation for the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem and led to tools widely used in modern cryptography. He wrote more than 100 papers and books including one about Imari porcelain. His memoir, The Map of My Life, was published in 2008. He received several awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979, the Cole Prize for number theory in 1976, the Asahi Prize in 1991, and the American Mathematical Society's Steele Prize for lifetime achievement in 1996. He died on May 3, 2019 at the age of 89.

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