The Higher Arithmetic - an Introduction to the Theory of Numbers

Topics: Prime number, Number theory, Divisor Pages: 237 (89958 words) Published: April 23, 2013
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Now into its eighth edition and with additional material on primality testing, written by J. H. Davenport, The Higher Arithmetic introduces concepts and theorems in a way that does not require the reader to have an in-depth knowledge of the theory of numbers but also touches upon matters of deep mathematical significance. A companion website ( provides more details of the latest advances and sample code for important algorithms. Reviews of earlier editions: ‘. . . the well-known and charming introduction to number theory . . . can be recommended both for independent study and as a reference text for a general mathematical audience.’ European Maths Society Journal ‘Although this book is not written as a textbook but rather as a work for the general reader, it could certainly be used as a textbook for an undergraduate course in number theory and, in the reviewer’s opinion, is far superior for this purpose to any other book in English.’ Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society


Eighth edition

H. Davenport
M.A., SC.D., F.R.S.

late Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity College Editing and additional material by

James H. Davenport


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Introduction I Factorization and the Primes
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. The laws of arithmetic Proof by induction Prime numbers The fundamental theorem of arithmetic Consequences of the fundamental theorem Euclid’s algorithm Another proof of the fundamental theorem A property of the H.C.F Factorizing a number The series of primes

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II Congruences
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. The congruence notation Linear congruences Fermat’s theorem Euler’s function φ(m) Wilson’s theorem Algebraic congruences Congruences to a prime modulus Congruences in several unknowns Congruences covering all numbers


III Quadratic Residues
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Primitive roots Indices Quadratic residues Gauss’s lemma The law of reciprocity The distribution of the quadratic residues

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IV Continued Fractions
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Introduction The general continued fraction Euler’s rule The convergents to a continued fraction The equation ax − by = 1 Infinite continued fractions Diophantine approximation Quadratic irrationals Purely periodic continued fractions Lagrange’s theorem Pell’s equation A geometrical interpretation of continued fractions


Sums of Squares
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Numbers representable by two squares Primes of the form 4k + 1 Constructions for x and y Representation by four squares Representation by three squares

VI Quadratic Forms
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Introduction...
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