By Leopold Flatto

Poncelet's theorem is a recognized bring about algebraic geometry, courting to the early a part of the 19th century. It matters closed polygons inscribed in a single conic and circumscribed approximately one other. the concept is of significant intensity in that it pertains to a wide and numerous physique of arithmetic. There are numerous proofs of the theory, none of that's straightforward. a very appealing function of the concept, that is simply understood yet tricky to turn out, is that it serves as a prism during which it is easy to study and savour loads of attractive arithmetic. The author's unique examine in queuing conception and dynamical structures figures prominently within the publication. This ebook stresses the trendy method of the topic and includes a lot fabric no longer formerly to be had in booklet shape. It additionally discusses the relation among Poncelet's theorem and a few points of queueing conception and mathematical billiards. The facts of Poncelet's theorem provided during this e-book relates it to the speculation of elliptic curves and exploits the truth that such curves are endowed with a gaggle constitution. The publication additionally treats the true and degenerate instances of Poncelet's theorem. those circumstances are fascinating in themselves, and their proofs require another issues. the true case is dealt with via applying notions from dynamical structures. the fabric during this booklet may be comprehensible to a person who has taken the traditional classes in undergraduate arithmetic. to accomplish this, the writer has incorporated within the ebook initial chapters facing projective geometry, Riemann surfaces, elliptic capabilities, and elliptic curves. The publication additionally includes a variety of figures illustrating quite a few geometric thoughts.

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