Number theory. An elementary introduction through Diophantine problems. (English) Zbl 1228.11001

Monographs in Number Theory 4. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific (ISBN 978-981-4307-45-1/hbk; 978-981-4307-46-8/pbk). xii, 335 p. (2010).
A very “fresh” look into Number Theory and especially into diophantine problems, through a very interesting and appealing structure is presented. Indeed, the structure of the content is unique and follows five different but not always independent paths. Having as common start the diophantine approximation the representations of real numbers, continued fractions and PadĂ© approximants take the lead, together with quadratic fields and algebraic numbers. Then, the above are properly filled up with sums of squares, arithmetical functions, number fields, ideals and transcendence methods. The flow of the content of each chapter is very smooth and connected, giving “delightful” results.


11-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to number theory
11Dxx Diophantine equations
11Jxx Diophantine approximation, transcendental number theory