Mathematics includes the study of such topics as quantity, structure and change. Mathematicians use patterns to formulate new conjectures; when mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back; the research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or centuries of sustained inquiry. Rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclid's Elements. Since the pioneering work of Giuseppe Peano, David Hilbert, others on axiomatic systems in the late 19th century, it has become customary to view mathematical research as establishing truth by rigorous deduction from appropriately chosen axioms and definitions. Mathematics developed at a slow pace until the Renaissance, when mathematical innovations interacting with new scientific discoveries led to a rapid increase in the rate of mathematical discovery that has continued to the present day.
Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, medicine and the social sciences. Applied mathematics has led to new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics and game theory. Mathematicians engage in pure mathematics without having any application in mind, but practical applications for what began as pure mathematics are discovered later; the history of mathematics can be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions. The first abstraction, shared by many animals, was that of numbers: the realization that a collection of two apples and a collection of two oranges have something in common, namely quantity of their members; as evidenced by tallies found on bone, in addition to recognizing how to count physical objects, prehistoric peoples may have recognized how to count abstract quantities, like time – days, years. Evidence for more complex mathematics does not appear until around 3000 BC, when the Babylonians and Egyptians began using arithmetic and geometry for taxation and other financial calculations, for building and construction, for astronomy.
The most ancient mathematical texts from Mesopotamia and Egypt are from 2000–1800 BC. Many early texts mention Pythagorean triples and so, by inference, the Pythagorean theorem seems to be the most ancient and widespread mathematical development after basic arithmetic and geometry, it is in Babylonian mathematics that elementary arithmetic first appear in the archaeological record. The Babylonians possessed a place-value system, used a sexagesimal numeral system, still in use today for measuring angles and time. Beginning in the 6th century BC with the Pythagoreans, the Ancient Greeks began a systematic study of mathematics as a subject in its own right with Greek mathematics. Around 300 BC, Euclid introduced the axiomatic method still used in mathematics today, consisting of definition, axiom and proof, his textbook Elements is considered the most successful and influential textbook of all time. The greatest mathematician of antiquity is held to be Archimedes of Syracuse, he developed formulas for calculating the surface area and volume of solids of revolution and used the method of exhaustion to calculate the area under the arc of a parabola with the summation of an infinite series, in a manner not too dissimilar from modern calculus.
Other notable achievements of Greek mathematics are conic sections, trigonometry (Hipparchus of Nicaea, the beginnings of algebra. The Hindu–Arabic numeral system and the rules for the use of its operations, in use throughout the world today, evolved over the course of the first millennium AD in India and were transmitted to the Western world via Islamic mathematics. Other notable developments of Indian mathematics include the modern definition of sine and cosine, an early form of infinite series. During the Golden Age of Islam during the 9th and 10th centuries, mathematics saw many important innovations building on Greek mathematics; the most notable achievement of Islamic mathematics was the development of algebra. Other notable achievements of the Islamic period are advances in spherical trigonometry and the addition of the decimal point to the Arabic numeral system. Many notable mathematicians from this period were Persian, such as Al-Khwarismi, Omar Khayyam and Sharaf al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī. During the early modern period, mathematics began to develop at an accelerating pace in Western Europe.
The development of calculus by Newton and Leibniz in the 17th century revolutionized mathematics. Leonhard Euler was the most notable mathematician of the 18th century, contributing numerous theorems and discoveries; the foremost mathematician of the 19th century was the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, who made numerous contributions to fields such as algebra, differential geometry, matrix theory, number theory, statistics. In the early 20th century, Kurt Gödel transformed mathematics by publishing his incompleteness theorems, which show that any axiomatic system, consistent will contain unprovable propositions. Mathematics has since been extended, there has been a fruitful interaction between mathematics and science, to
In mathematics, a group is a set equipped with a binary operation which combines any two elements to form a third element in such a way that four conditions called group axioms are satisfied, namely closure, associativity and invertibility. One of the most familiar examples of a group is the set of integers together with the addition operation, but groups are encountered in numerous areas within and outside mathematics, help focusing on essential structural aspects, by detaching them from the concrete nature of the subject of the study. Groups share a fundamental kinship with the notion of symmetry. For example, a symmetry group encodes symmetry features of a geometrical object: the group consists of the set of transformations that leave the object unchanged and the operation of combining two such transformations by performing one after the other. Lie groups are the symmetry groups used in the Standard Model of particle physics; the concept of a group arose from the study of polynomial equations, starting with Évariste Galois in the 1830s.
After contributions from other fields such as number theory and geometry, the group notion was generalized and established around 1870. Modern group theory—an active mathematical discipline—studies groups in their own right. To explore groups, mathematicians have devised various notions to break groups into smaller, better-understandable pieces, such as subgroups, quotient groups and simple groups. In addition to their abstract properties, group theorists study the different ways in which a group can be expressed concretely, both from a point of view of representation theory and of computational group theory. A theory has been developed for finite groups, which culminated with the classification of finite simple groups, completed in 2004. Since the mid-1980s, geometric group theory, which studies finitely generated groups as geometric objects, has become an active area in group theory; the modern concept of an abstract group developed out of several fields of mathematics. The original motivation for group theory was the quest for solutions of polynomial equations of degree higher than 4.
The 19th-century French mathematician Évariste Galois, extending prior work of Paolo Ruffini and Joseph-Louis Lagrange, gave a criterion for the solvability of a particular polynomial equation in terms of the symmetry group of its roots. The elements of such a Galois group correspond to certain permutations of the roots. At first, Galois' ideas were rejected by his contemporaries, published only posthumously. More general permutation groups were investigated in particular by Augustin Louis Cauchy. Arthur Cayley's On the theory of groups, as depending on the symbolic equation θn = 1 gives the first abstract definition of a finite group. Geometry was a second field in which groups were used systematically symmetry groups as part of Felix Klein's 1872 Erlangen program. After novel geometries such as hyperbolic and projective geometry had emerged, Klein used group theory to organize them in a more coherent way. Further advancing these ideas, Sophus Lie founded the study of Lie groups in 1884; the third field contributing to group theory was number theory.
Certain abelian group structures had been used implicitly in Carl Friedrich Gauss' number-theoretical work Disquisitiones Arithmeticae, more explicitly by Leopold Kronecker. In 1847, Ernst Kummer made early attempts to prove Fermat's Last Theorem by developing groups describing factorization into prime numbers; the convergence of these various sources into a uniform theory of groups started with Camille Jordan's Traité des substitutions et des équations algébriques. Walther von Dyck introduced the idea of specifying a group by means of generators and relations, was the first to give an axiomatic definition of an "abstract group", in the terminology of the time; as of the 20th century, groups gained wide recognition by the pioneering work of Ferdinand Georg Frobenius and William Burnside, who worked on representation theory of finite groups, Richard Brauer's modular representation theory and Issai Schur's papers. The theory of Lie groups, more locally compact groups was studied by Hermann Weyl, Élie Cartan and many others.
Its algebraic counterpart, the theory of algebraic groups, was first shaped by Claude Chevalley and by the work of Armand Borel and Jacques Tits. The University of Chicago's 1960–61 Group Theory Year brought together group theorists such as Daniel Gorenstein, John G. Thompson and Walter Feit, laying the foundation of a collaboration that, with input from numerous other mathematicians, led to the classification of finite simple groups, with the final step taken by Aschbacher and Smith in 2004; this project exceeded previous mathematical endeavours by its sheer size, in both length of proof and number of researchers. Research is ongoing to simplify the proof of this classification; these days, group theory is still a active mathematical branch, impacting many other fields. One of the most familiar groups is the set of integers Z which consists of the numbers... − 4, − 3, − − 1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4... together with addition. The following properties of integer addition serve as a model for the group axioms given in the definition below.
For any two integers a and b, the sum a + b is an integer. That is, addition of integers always yields an integer; this property is known as closure under addition. For all integers a, b and c, + c = a +. Expressed in words
A complex number is a number that can be expressed in the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers, i is a solution of the equation x2 = −1. Because no real number satisfies this equation, i is called an imaginary number. For the complex number a + bi, a is called the real part, b is called the imaginary part. Despite the historical nomenclature "imaginary", complex numbers are regarded in the mathematical sciences as just as "real" as the real numbers, are fundamental in many aspects of the scientific description of the natural world. Complex numbers allow solutions to certain equations. For example, the equation 2 = − 9 has no real solution, since the square of a real number cannot be negative. Complex numbers provide a solution to this problem; the idea is to extend the real numbers with an indeterminate i, taken to satisfy the relation i2 = −1, so that solutions to equations like the preceding one can be found. In this case the solutions are −1 + 3i and −1 − 3i, as can be verified using the fact that i2 = −1: 2 = 2 = = 9 = − 9, 2 = 2 = 2 = 9 = − 9.
According to the fundamental theorem of algebra, all polynomial equations with real or complex coefficients in a single variable have a solution in complex numbers. In contrast, some polynomial equations with real coefficients have no solution in real numbers; the 16th century Italian mathematician Gerolamo Cardano is credited with introducing complex numbers in his attempts to find solutions to cubic equations. Formally, the complex number system can be defined as the algebraic extension of the ordinary real numbers by an imaginary number i; this means that complex numbers can be added and multiplied, as polynomials in the variable i, with the rule i2 = −1 imposed. Furthermore, complex numbers can be divided by nonzero complex numbers. Overall, the complex number system is a field. Geometrically, complex numbers extend the concept of the one-dimensional number line to the two-dimensional complex plane by using the horizontal axis for the real part and the vertical axis for the imaginary part.
The complex number a + bi can be identified with the point in the complex plane. A complex number whose real part is zero is said to be purely imaginary. A complex number whose imaginary part is zero can be viewed as a real number. Complex numbers can be represented in polar form, which associates each complex number with its distance from the origin and with a particular angle known as the argument of this complex number; the geometric identification of the complex numbers with the complex plane, a Euclidean plane, makes their structure as a real 2-dimensional vector space evident. Real and imaginary parts of a complex number may be taken as components of a vector with respect to the canonical standard basis; the addition of complex numbers is thus depicted as the usual component-wise addition of vectors. However, the complex numbers allow for a richer algebraic structure, comprising additional operations, that are not available in a vector space. Based on the concept of real numbers, a complex number is a number of the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is an indeterminate satisfying i2 = −1.
For example, 2 + 3i is a complex number. This way, a complex number is defined as a polynomial with real coefficients in the single indeterminate i, for which the relation i2 + 1 = 0 is imposed. Based on this definition, complex numbers can be added and multiplied, using the addition and multiplication for polynomials; the relation i2 + 1 = 0 induces the equalities i4k = 1, i4k+1 = i, i4k+2 = −1, i4k+3 = −i, which hold for all integers k. The real number a is called the real part of the complex number a + bi. To emphasize, the imaginary part does not include a factor i and b, not bi, is the imaginary part. Formally, the complex numbers are defined as the quotient ring of the polynomia
Encyclopedia of Mathematics
The Encyclopedia of Mathematics is a large reference work in mathematics. It is available in book form and on CD-ROM; the 2002 version contains more than 8,000 entries covering most areas of mathematics at a graduate level, the presentation is technical in nature. The encyclopedia is edited by Michiel Hazewinkel and was published by Kluwer Academic Publishers until 2003, when Kluwer became part of Springer; the CD-ROM contains three-dimensional objects. The encyclopedia has been translated from the Soviet Matematicheskaya entsiklopediya edited by Ivan Matveevich Vinogradov and extended with comments and three supplements adding several thousand articles; until November 29, 2011, a static version of the encyclopedia could be browsed online free of charge online. This URL now redirects to the new wiki incarnation of the EOM. A new dynamic version of the encyclopedia is now available as a public wiki online; this new wiki is a collaboration between the European Mathematical Society. This new version of the encyclopedia includes the entire contents of the previous online version, but all entries can now be publicly updated to include the newest advancements in mathematics.
All entries will be monitored for content accuracy by members of an editorial board selected by the European Mathematical Society. Vinogradov, I. M. Matematicheskaya entsiklopediya, Sov. Entsiklopediya, 1977. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Kluwer, 1994. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol. 1, Kluwer, 1987. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol. 2, Kluwer, 1988. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol. 3, Kluwer, 1989. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol. 4, Kluwer, 1989. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol. 5, Kluwer, 1990. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol. 6, Kluwer, 1990. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol. 7, Kluwer, 1991. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol. 8, Kluwer, 1992. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol. 9, Kluwer, 1993. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol. 10, Kluwer, 1994. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Supplement I, Kluwer, 1997. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Supplement II, Kluwer, 2000.
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Serge Lang was a French-American mathematician and activist who taught at Yale University for most of his career. He is known for his work in number theory and for his mathematics textbooks, including the influential Algebra, he was a member of the Bourbaki group. As an activist, he campaigned against the nomination of the political scientist Samuel P. Huntington to the National Academies of Science, descended into AIDS denialism, claiming that HIV had not been proven to cause AIDS and protesting Yale's research into HIV/AIDS. Lang was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, close to Paris, in 1927, he had a twin brother who became a sister who became an actress. Lang moved with his family to California as a teenager, where he graduated in 1943 from Beverly Hills High School, he subsequently graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1946, received a doctorate from Princeton University in 1951. He held faculty positions at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Yale University. Lang studied under Emil Artin at Princeton University, writing his thesis on quasi-algebraic closure, worked on the geometric analogues of class field theory and diophantine geometry.
He moved into diophantine approximation and transcendental number theory, proving the Schneider–Lang theorem. A break in research while he was involved in trying to meet 1960s student activism halfway caused him difficulties in picking up the threads afterwards, he wrote on modular forms and modular units, the idea of a'distribution' on a profinite group, value distribution theory. He made a number of conjectures in diophantine geometry: Mordell–Lang conjecture, Bombieri–Lang conjecture, Lang–Trotter conjecture, the Lang conjecture on analytically hyperbolic varieties, he introduced the Lang map, the Katz–Lang finiteness theorem, the Lang–Steinberg theorem in algebraic groups. Lang was a prolific writer of mathematical texts completing one on his summer vacation. Most are at the graduate level, he wrote calculus texts and prepared a book on group cohomology for Bourbaki. Lang's Algebra, a graduate-level introduction to abstract algebra, was a influential text that ran through numerous updated editions.
His Steele prize citation stated, "Lang's Algebra changed the way graduate algebra is taught... It has affected all subsequent graduate-level algebra books." It contained ideas of Artin. Lang was noted for his eagerness for contact with students, he was described as a passionate teacher who would throw chalk at students who he believed were not paying attention. One of his colleagues recalled: "He would rave in front of his students, he would say,'Our two aims are truth and clarity, to achieve these I will shout in class.'" He won a Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition from the American Mathematical Society. In 1960, he won the sixth Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra for his paper Unramified class field theory over function fields in several variables. Lang spent much of his professional time engaged in political activism, he was a staunch socialist and active in opposition to the Vietnam War, volunteering for the 1966 anti-war campaign of Robert Scheer. Lang quit his position at Columbia in 1971 in protest over the university's treatment of anti-war protesters.
Lang engaged in several efforts to challenge anyone he believed was spreading misinformation or misusing science or mathematics to further their own goals. He attacked the 1977 Survey of the American Professoriate, an opinion questionnaire that Seymour Martin Lipset and E. C. Ladd had sent to thousands of college professors in the United States, accusing it of containing numerous biased and loaded questions; this led to a public and acrimonious conflict. In 1986, Lang mounted what the New York Times described as a "one-man challenge" against the nomination of political scientist Samuel P. Huntington to the National Academy of Sciences. Lang described Huntington's research, in particular his use of mathematical equations to demonstrate that South Africa was a "satisfied society", as "pseudoscience", arguing that it gave "the illusion of science without any of its substance." Despite support for Huntington from the Academy's social and behavioral scientists, Lang's challenge was successful, Huntington was twice rejected for Academy membership.
Huntington's supporters argued that Lang's opposition was political rather than scientific in nature. Lang kept his political correspondence and related documentation in extensive "files", he would send letters or publish articles, wait for responses, engage the writers in further correspondence, collect all these writings together and point out what he considered contradictions. He mailed these files to people he considered important, his extensive file criticizing Nobel laureate David Baltimore was published in the journal Ethics and Behaviour in January 1993. Lang fought the decision by Yale University to hire Daniel Kevles, a historian of science, because Lang disagreed with Kevles' analysis in The Baltimore Case. Lang's most controversial political stance was as an AIDS denialist.
Root of unity
In mathematics, a root of unity called a de Moivre number, is any complex number that gives 1 when raised to some positive integer power n. Roots of unity are used in many branches of mathematics, are important in number theory, the theory of group characters, the discrete Fourier transform. Roots of unity can be defined in any field. If the characteristic of the field is zero, they are complex numbers that are algebraic integers. In positive characteristic, they belong to a finite field, conversely, every nonzero element of a finite field is a root of unity. Any algebraically closed field contains n nth roots of unity, except if n is a multiple of the characteristic of the field. An nth root of unity, where n is a positive integer, is a number z satisfying the equation z n = 1. Unless otherwise specified, the roots of unity may be taken to be complex numbers, in this case, the nth roots of unity are exp = cos 2 k π n + i sin 2 k π n, k = 0, 1, …, n − 1; however the defining equation of roots of unity is meaningful over any field F, this allows considering roots of unity in F.
Whichever is the field F, the roots of unity in F are either complex numbers, if the characteristic of F is 0, or, belong to a finite field. Conversely, every nonzero element in a finite field is a root of unity in that field. See Root of unity modulo n and Finite field for further details. An nth root of unity is said to be primitive if it is not a kth root of unity for some smaller k, if z n = 1 and z k ≠ 1 for k = 1, 2, 3, …, n − 1. If n is a prime number, all nth roots of unity, except 1, are primitive. In the above formula in terms of exponential and trigonometric functions, the primitive nth roots of unity are those for which k and n are coprime integers. Subsequent sections of this article will comply with complex roots of unity. For the case of roots of unity in fields of nonzero characteristic, see Finite field § Roots of unity. For the case of roots of unity in rings of modular integers, see Root of unity modulo n; every nth root of unity z is a primitive ath root of unity for some a ≤ n, the smallest positive integer such that za = 1.
Any integer power of an nth root of unity is an nth root of unity, as n = z k n = k = 1 k = 1. This is true for negative exponents. In particular, the reciprocal of an nth root of unity is its complex conjugate, is an nth root of unity: 1 z = z − 1 = z n − 1 = z ¯. If z is an nth root of unity and a ≡ b za = zb. In fact, by the definition of congruence, a = b + kn for some integer k, z a = z b + k n = z b z k n = z b k = z b 1 k = z b. Therefore, given a power za of z, one has za = zr, where 0 ≤ r < n is the remainder of the Euclidean division of a by n. Let z be a primitive nth root of unity; the powers z, z2, ... zn−1, zn = z0 = 1 are nth root of unity and are all distinct. This implies that z, z2, ... zn−1, zn = z0 = 1 are all of the nth roots of unity, since an nth-degree polynomial equation has at most n distinct solutions. From the preceding, it follows that, if z is a primitive nth root of unity z a = z b if and only if a ≡ b. If z is not primitive a ≡ b implies z a = z b, but the converse may be false, as shown by the following example.
If n = 4, a non-primitive nth root of unity is z = –1, one has z 2 =
Michiel Hazewinkel is a Dutch mathematician, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the Centre for Mathematics and Computer and the University of Amsterdam known for his 1978 book Formal groups and applications and as editor of the Encyclopedia of Mathematics. Born in Amsterdam to Jan Hazewinkel and Geertrude Hendrika Werner, Hazewinkel studied at the University of Amsterdam, he received his BA in Mathematics and Physics in 1963, his MA in Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy in 1965 and his PhD in 1969 under supervision of Frans Oort and Albert Menalda for the thesis "Maximal Abelian Extensions of Local Fields". After graduation Hazewinkel started his academic career as Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam in 1969. In 1970 he became Associate Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where in 1972 he was appointed Professor of Mathematics at the Econometric Institute. Here he was thesis advisor of Roelof Stroeker, M. van de Vel, Jo Ritzen, Gerard van der Hoek. From 1973 to 1975 he was Professor at the Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, where Marcel van de Vel was his PhD student.
From 1982 to 1985 he was appointed part-time Professor Extraordinarius in Mathematics at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, part-time Head of the Department of Pure Mathematics at the Centre for Mathematics and Computer in Amsterdam. In 1985 he was appointed Professor Extraordinarius in Mathematics at the University of Utrecht, where he supervised the promotion of Frank Kouwenhoven, Huib-Jan Imbens, J. Scholma and F. Wainschtein. At the Centre for Mathematics and Computer CWI in Amsterdam in 1988 he became Professor of Mathematics and head of the Department of Algebra and Geometry until his retirement in 2008. Hazewinkel has been managing editor for journals as Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde since 1977, he was managing editor for the book series Mathematics and Its Applications for Kluwer Academic Publishers in 1977. Hazewinkel was member of 15 professional societies in the field of Mathematics, participated in numerous administrative tasks in institutes, Program Committee, Steering Committee, Consortiums and Boards.
In 1994 Hazewinkel was elected member of the International Academy of Computer Sciences and Systems. Hazewinkel has authored and edited several books, numerous articles. Books, selection: 1970. Géométrie algébrique-généralités-groupes commutatifs. With Michel Demazure and Pierre Gabriel. Masson & Cie. 1976. On invariants, canonical forms and moduli for linear, finite dimensional, dynamical systems. With Rudolf E. Kalman. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 1978. Formal groups and applications. Vol. 78. Elsevier. 1993. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics. Ed. Vol. 9. Springer. Articles, a selection: Hazewinkel, Michiel. "Moduli and canonical forms for linear dynamical systems II: The topological case". Mathematical Systems Theory. 10: 363–385. Doi:10.1007/BF01683285. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Hazewinkel, Michiel. "On Lie algebras and finite dimensional filtering". Stochastics. 7: 29–62. Doi:10.1080/17442508208833212. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Hazewinkel, M.. J.. "Nonexistence of finite-dimensional filters for conditional statistics of the cubic sensor problem".
Systems & Control Letters. 3: 331–340. Doi:10.1016/0167-691190074-9. Hazewinkel, Michiel. "The algebra of quasi-symmetric functions is free over the integers". Advances in Mathematics. 164: 283–300. Doi:10.1006/aima.2001.2017. Homepage