The Hilbert-Waring theorem

  • Melvyn B. Nathanson
Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 164)


Waring’s problem for exponent k is to prove that the set of nonnegative integers is a basis of finite order, that is, to prove that every nonnegative integer can be written as the sum of a bounded number of kth powers. We denote by g(k) the smallest number s such that every nonnegative integer is the sum of exactly s kth powers of nonnegative integers. Waring’s problem is to show that g(k) is finite; Hilbert proved this in 1909. The goal of this chapter is to prove the Hilbert-Waring theorem: the kth powers are a basis of finite order for every positive integer k.


Nonnegative Integer Hermite Polynomial Finite Order Polynomial Identity Fourth Power 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melvyn B. Nathanson
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsLehman College of the City University of New YorkBronxUSA

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