An Elementary Introduction to Elliptic functions



This course will focus on a topic typically covered in a second course in complex analysis: Elliptic function theory. Elliptic functions – as developed by Jacobi, Weierstrass, Eisenstein, Dedekind, and others – are one of the crowning achievements of 19th century mathematics and are widely applied in physics and engineering. Their study is the natural continuation of the analysis of polynomial, exponential, and trigonometric functions of a complex variable. In the 20th century, the analysis of the beautiful transformation properties of elliptic functions developed into the theory of elliptic curves and modular forms, a central topic of algebraic geometry and number theory. Recently, elliptic functions have played an important role in the 21st century mathematics inspired by theoretical physics.

Here are some topics from the course:

*      Arithmetic-Geometric Mean (AGM) and elliptic integrals;

*      Doubly periodic q-functions  Jacobi;

*      The Weierstrass P-function;

*      Applications to PDE’s (maximal surfaces equation) and number theory (representing integers as sums of squares and quadratic forms).



*      Akheizer, N.I.  Elements of the Theory of Elliptic Functions. Providence, RI: Amer. Math. Soc., 1990.

*      Chandrasekharan, K.   Elliptic Functions. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1985.

*      Hille, E. Analytic Function Theory, Vol. II. Ginn & Co., 1962.


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Other Information

*     Here you can find the list of basic and advanced books in Elliptic Functions and the related topics

*     Here is the Wolfram Research  documentation concerning Elliptic functions and Elliptic Integrals for the Mathematica users

*     The list of the Jacobi Elliptic Functions formulae is here

*     Applications: Audio Synthesis by Means of Elliptic Functions due to Vittorio Cafagna and Filippo D'Eliso

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