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In this survey paper, the reader is acquainted with some results in the constructive theory of functions of a complex variable obtained by the author and his collaborators during the last two decades by an application of methods and results from modern geometric function theory of quasiconformal mappings. The main topic is the study of polynomial approximation of the members of $A(K) := \{$continuous functions $K \to \bbfC$ which are analytic in the interior of $K\}$, where $K$ is a compact subset of the complex plane $\bbfC$. The starting point is the Mergelyan theorem about the rate of uniform polynomial approximation of a function $f \in A(K)$, where $K$ has connected complement: $\lim_{n \to \infty} E_n(f,K) = 0$. Here $E_n(f,K) := \inf \{\Vert f-p\Vert _K: \, p \in P_n\}$, $\Vert h\Vert _K := \sup \{\vert h(z)\vert : \, z \in K\}$ and $P_n := \{$complex polynomials of degree at most $n\}$.
Two complementary kinds of results are considered, namely: A “direct theorem”, in which the properties of $f$ are in the hypothesis and the rate of convergence of polynomials to $f$ is the conclusion; and an “inverse theorem”, in which the rate of convergence to $f$ is in the hypothesis and the properties of $f$ form the conclusion. In many of the results exhibited, the modulus of continuity $\omega_{f,K}(\delta ) := \sup \{\vert f(z_1) - f(z_2)\vert : \, z_1,z_2 \in K, \, \vert z_1-z_2\vert \leq \delta\} \,\, (\delta > 0)$ plays an essential role. In fact, some of the statements consider the class $A^\omega (K) := \{f \in A(K):$ there is $c = c(f,K) > 0$ such that $\omega_{f,K}(\delta ) \leq c \omega (\delta )$ for all $\delta > 0\}$, where $\omega :(0,+\infty ) \to (0,+\infty )$ is nondecreasing and satisfies $\omega (0+) = 0$ and $\omega (\delta t) \leq ct \omega (\delta )$ $(\delta > 0, \, t > 1)$ for some $c \geq 1$.
Among the diverse results exhibited, there is a description of continua on which the functions of Hölder classes admit a Dzjadyk type approximation, that is, requiring a “nonuniform scale” of approximation on the boundary of $K$. There are also two further interesting sections in the paper. One of them deals with the approximation of polyanalytic functions (= solutions of the equation $\overline{\partial}^j f = 0$ for some $j \geq 1$, where $\overline{\partial} = (1/2)(\partial /\partial x + \partial /\partial y)$) on a quasidisk (= bounded Jordan domain $G$ such that any conformal mapping of the open unit disk onto $G$ can be extended to a $K$-quasiconformal homeomorphism of the extended plane onto itself, for some $K > 1$). The other one deals with analogues of the results previously stated in the paper in the setting of harmonic functions on a continuum $K \subset R^k$; here the cases $k=2, \, k \geq 3$ are to be distinguished. For the entire collection see [

Zbl 1057.30001].