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Tauberian Theory

A Century of Developments


Part of the Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften book series (GL, volume 329)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Jacob Korevaar
    Pages 1-64
  3. Jacob Korevaar
    Pages 65-115
  4. Jacob Korevaar
    Pages 117-176
  5. Jacob Korevaar
    Pages 177-234
  6. Jacob Korevaar
    Pages 235-278
  7. Jacob Korevaar
    Pages 279-341
  8. Jacob Korevaar
    Pages 343-419
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 421-486

About this book


Tauberian theory compares summability methods for series and integrals, helps to decide when there is convergence, and provides asymptotic and remainder estimates. The author shows the development of the theory from the beginning and his expert commentary evokes the excitement surrounding the early results. He shows the fascination of the difficult Hardy-Littlewood theorems and of an unexpected simple proof, and extolls Wiener's breakthrough based on Fourier theory. There are the spectacular "high-indices" theorems and Karamata's "regular variation", which permeates probability theory. The author presents Gelfand's elegant algebraic treatment of Wiener theory and his own distributional approach. There is also a new unified theory for Borel and "circle" methods. The text describes many Tauberian ways to the prime number theorem. A large bibliography and a substantial index round out the book.


Prime Prime number Tauberian theory asymptotic estimates prime number theorem remainder theory summability methods

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.KdV Mathematical InstituteUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

About the authors

Education: Universities of Leiden and Utrecht, Mathematics and Physics, 1940--49 (with war-time interruptions)
Ph.D. in Mathematics, Leiden, 1949
Regular professorships (Mathematics)
Technical University Delft (Netherlands), 1951-(Jan)1953
University of Wisconsin (Madison), (Feb)1953--64
(Chairman, Program in Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics, 1956--61)
University of California San Diego (La Jolla), 1964--74
(Chairman, Dept of Mathematics, 1971--73)
University of Amsterdam, 1974--(Jan)93
(Director, Math. Institute, 1980--83)

Temporary and visiting positions
Mathematical Center, Amsterdam, 1947--49
Purdue University, Acad. yrs 1949--51
University of Michigan, Summer 1950
Stanford University, Acad. yr 1961--62 and several summers
Claremont Graduate School, Sep. 1969 -- Jan. 1970
University of Oregon, Summer 1970
Imperial College, London, Acad. yr 1970--71
Technical University Eindhoven, Summer 1971
California Institute of Technology, Spring 1988
Bar-Ilan University (Israel), Spring 1992

Honors and special assignments
Reynolds' award for outstanding teaching of future engineers, University of Wisconsin, 1956
Elected Fellow Amer. Assoc. Adv. Science, 1961
Chairman, American Mathematical Society Summer Research Institute on "Entire functions and related parts of analysis", La Jolla, 1966
Member, KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) since 1975
Honorary doctorate, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), 1978
Chairman, Wiskundig Genootschap (Netherlands Mathematical Society), 1982--84
Lester R. Ford Prize (1987) and Chauvenet Prize (1989) for mathematical exposition (Mathematical Association of America)
Elected honorary member, Netherlands Math. Soc., 1998
Honorary member, Amer. Math. Society
Editor or co-editor of various mathematical journals and of conference proceedings at one time or another

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From the reviews:

"The purpose of the monograph under review is to treat the principal Tauberian theorems in various categories by adopting the author’s personal point of view which emphasizes the distributional aspects … . the book carefully collects a rich amount of material on this topic. … provides a detailed survey of almost all aspects of Tauberian theory. It will adopt a major position in the mathematical literature presently available on the various fields of summability methods." (Walter Schempp, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1056, 2005)

"Typically a Tauberian Theorem states that the asymptotic behaviour of certain ‘moving averages’ is comparable for a large family of convolution kernels. … One cannot do justice to a big volume like this by listing all the important results provided. It is certainly the reference work in the field for the years to come, hopefully inspiring continued research … ." (H. G. Feichtinger, Internationale Mathematische Nachrichten, Issue 203, 2006)

"The aim of this monograph is ‘to treat the principal Tauberian theorems in various categories and to provide attractive proofs.’ … Altogether, this volume treats an amazing variety of results. It will be an important reference for experts as well as anyone using Tauberian theorems, such as analytic number theorists." (Ch. Baxa, Monatshefte für Mathematik, Vol. 148 (2), 2006)

"Tauberian theory deals with the problem of finding conditions under which a summable series is actually convergent. … A large bibliography and a substantial index round out the book. All in all, this is a well-written, well laid out, interesting monograph, essential to anyone involved in Tauberian theory and related topics. Highly recommended!" (B. Kirstein, Zeitschrift für Analysis und ihre Anwendungen, Vol. 24 (4), 2005)

"It is a monumental treatise, long years in the making, that covers the realm of Tauberian theory and its applications. … the style is engaging: the pace is leisurely, the discussion is well motivated, and the exposition is very clear. The book contains a wealth of material, with numerous references to earlier literature, and is destined to become the standard source for Tauberian theory. It will be a classic for many years to come." (Peter Duren, SIAM Review, Vol. 47 (3), 2005)

"This impressive volume describes the development of classical Tauberian theory-from its emergence in the early 1900s until the present. … the author has done a superb job of selecting the results, methods of proof, and applications to include in this book. Add to that a smooth, nicely paced exposition, complete with historical notes and bibliographical references … and the result is a great book that will be a valuable addition to any research mathematics library." (Angel V. Kumchev, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2006 e)