By Leonard Lewin

Years in the past, the handful of unusual numerical dilogarithmic identities, identified because the time of Euler and Landen, gave upward thrust to new discoveries bearing on cyclotomic equations and similar polylogarithmic ladders. those discoveries have been made more often than not via the tools of classical research, with support from computer computation. in regards to the similar time, beginning with Bloch's reports at the program of the dilogarithm in algebraic $K$-theory and algebraic geometry, many very important discoveries have been made in varied components. This publication seeks to supply a synthesis of those streams of proposal. as well as an account of ladders and their organization with practical equations, the chapters comprise functions to quantity calculations in Lobatchevsky geometry, kin to partition concept, connections with Clausen's functionality, new useful equations, and functions to $K$-theory and different branches of summary algebra. This rapidly-expanding box is cited to this point with appendices, and the publication concludes with an in depth bibliography of modern guides. approximately two-thirds of the cloth is obtainable to mathematicians and scientists in lots of parts, whereas the rest calls for extra really expert historical past in summary algebra

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Hence, I and II cannot hold simultaneously. Thus, i=>n. • We remark that if either A or 5 is vacuous, then we revert to Tucker's theorem 3 or Motzkin's theorem 2. We remark further that in all of the above theorems of the alternative the systems I are all homogeneous. 4 The above theorems of the alternative subsume in essence all other theorems of this type. We derive below some of these theorems directly from the above ones. Gordan's theorem [Gordan 73] For each given matrix A, either I Ax > 0 has a solution x or II A'y = 0, y > 0 has a solution y but never both.

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The m components of the vector f(x) are denoted by fi(x), . . , fm(x). Each/< is a numerical function on X. A vector function / has a certain property (for example continuity) whenever each of its components/, has that property. EXAMPLE If X = R, then d is the familiar real single-valued func of Rn. The m components /,, i' = 1, . . , m, of / are numerical functions on Rn. Linear vector functions on Rn An m-dimensional vector function / defined on Rn is said to be linear if f(x) = Ax + b where A is some fixed m X n matrix and b is some fixed vector in Rm.