The goal of the book is to present, in a complete and comprehensive way, areas of current research interlacing around the Poncelet porism: dynamics of integrable billiards, algebraic geometry of hyperelliptic Jacobians, and classical projective geometry of pencils of quadrics. The most important results and ideas, classical as well as modern, connected to the Poncelet theorem are presented, together with a historical overview analyzing the classical ideas and their natural generalizations. Special attention is paid to the realization of the Griffiths and Harris programme about Poncelet-type problems and addition theorems. This programme, formulated three decades ago, is aimed to understanding the higher-dimensional analogues of Poncelet problems and the realization of the synthetic approach of higher genus addition theorems.
From the reviews:
"The book provides a self-guided introduction to a set of classical gems that have to do with elliptic or hyperelliptic addition theorems; several connections were worked out originally by the authors in previous research papers. In addition, solutions to some of the integrable systems that came of age in the 1970s ... are produced in this context. The style is clear and the calculations are complete. ... it is certainly a focused, enjoyable and valuable one." (Emma Previato, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 j)
"Poncelet Porisms and Beyond: Integrable Billiards, Hyperelliptic Jacobians, and Pencils of Quadrics ... gives a nice picture of both Poncelet's Porism and a number of the areas of mathematics that are close by. ... Dragovic and Radnovic do a good job of covering a wide range of material, including both citations and descriptions of classical material as well as extremely cutting-edge results. ... The exposition in the book is generally good, and ... any mathematician who picks up this book will learn something from it." (Darren Glass, The Mathematical Association of America, September, 2011)
Here is a comprehensive exposition of the key results and ideas connected to the Poncelet theorem, focusing on the mathematics and including the dynamics of integrable billiards and the algebraic geometry of hyperelliptic Jacobians, among other material.
Author Vladimir Dragovic
Author Milena Radnovic
Author Vladimir Dragović
Author Milena Radnović
Release Date 27.05.2011
Product type Paperback
Dimension 9.45 x 6.61 x 6.61 inches
Product Weight 18.27 ounces
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