Catalan's Conjecture (Universitext) by René Schoof

By René Schoof

Eugène Charles Catalan made his recognized conjecture – that eight and nine are the one consecutive ideal powers of normal numbers – in 1844 in a letter to the editor of Crelle’s mathematical magazine. 100 and fifty-eight years later, Preda Mihailescu proved it.

Catalan’s Conjecture offers this fabulous lead to a manner that's available to the complex undergraduate. the writer dissects either Mihailescu’s facts and the sooner paintings it made use of, taking nice care to choose streamlined and obvious types of the arguments and to maintain the textual content self-contained. in basic terms within the evidence of Thaine’s theorem is a bit classification box conception used; it truly is was hoping that this program will inspire the reader to check the speculation further.

Beautifully transparent and concise, this publication will allure not just to experts in quantity conception yet to a person drawn to seeing the appliance of the information of algebraic quantity idea to a recognized mathematical problem.

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