© 1996

Diffusion Processes and their Sample Paths

Reprint of the 1974 Edition


Part of the Classics in Mathematics book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Kiyosi Itô, Henry P. McKean Jr.
    Pages 1-4
  3. Kiyosi Itô, Henry P. McKean Jr.
    Pages 5-40
  4. Kiyosi Itô, Henry P. McKean Jr.
    Pages 40-83
  5. Kiyosi Itô, Henry P. McKean Jr.
    Pages 83-105
  6. Kiyosi Itô, Henry P. McKean Jr.
    Pages 105-164
  7. Kiyosi Itô, Henry P. McKean Jr.
    Pages 164-211
  8. Kiyosi Itô, Henry P. McKean Jr.
    Pages 212-231
  9. Kiyosi Itô, Henry P. McKean Jr.
    Pages 232-291
  10. Kiyosi Itô, Henry P. McKean Jr.
    Pages 291-305
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 306-321

About this book


Since its first publication in 1965 in the series Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften this book has had a profound and enduring influence on research into the stochastic processes associated with diffusion phenomena. Generations of mathematicians have appreciated the clarity of the descriptions given of one- or more- dimensional diffusion processes and the mathematical insight provided into Brownian motion. Now, with its republication in the Classics in Mathematics it is hoped that a new generation will be able to enjoy the classic text of Itô and McKean.


Bessel process Brownian excursion Brownian motion Generator Maß diffusion process ergodic theory law of the iterated logarithm local time random walk stochastic processes

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.RIMSKyoto UniversitySakyo-Ku, KyotoJapan
  2. 2.Courant Institute of Mathematical SciencesNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Cornell UniversityUSA

About the authors

Biography of Kiyosi Itô

Kiyosi Itô was born on September 7, 1915, in Kuwana, Japan. After his undergraduate and doctoral studies at Tokyo University, he was associate professor at Nagoya University before joining the faculty of Kyoto University in 1952. He has remained there ever since and is now Professor Emeritus, but has also spent several years at each of Stanford, Aarhus and Cornell Universities and the University of Minnesota.

Itô's fundamental contributions to probability theory, especially the creation of stochastic differential and integral calculus and of excursion theory, form a cornerstone of this field. They have led to a profound understanding of the infinitesimal development of Markovian sample paths, and also of applied problems and phenomena associated with the planning, control and optimization of engineering and other random systems.
Professor Itô has been the inspirer and teacher of an entire generation of Japanese probabilists.

Biography of Henry McKean

Henry McKean was born on December 14, 1930, in Wenham, Massachusetts. He studied mathematics at Dartmouth College, Cambridge University, and Princeton University; he received his degree from the last in 1955. He has held professional positions at Kyoto University, MIT, Rockefeller University, Weizmann Institute, Balliol College, Oxford, and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (1969 to present).  His main interests are probability, Hamiltonian mechanics, complex function theory, and nonlinear partial differential equations.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Diffusion Processes and their Sample Paths
  • Book Subtitle Reprint of the 1974 Edition
  • Authors Kiyosi Itô
    Henry P. Jr. McKean
  • Series Title Classics in Mathematics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-03302-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-60629-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-62025-6
  • Series ISSN 1431-0821
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 323
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Reprint of the 1974 Edition (Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften, Vol. 125)
  • Topics Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes
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"The systematic character of the exposision, which makes from the widely ramified subject matter of the extensive literature a clear, masterly arranged whole, is a particularly valuable feature of this monograph." (Publicationes Mathematicae)