The theory of functions of one complex variable with an emphasis on the theory of complex analytic (or holomorphic) functions of one complex variable. Typical topics include: Cauchy's integral formula, singularities, poles, meromorphic functions, Laurent and Taylor series, maximum modulus principle, ...

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Is there an exposition of complex analysis firmly separating the algebra, analysis, and topology?

Complex analysis seems to work because of the interplay between algebraic geometry over $\mathbb{C}$, and analysis and topology exploiting the fact that $\mathbb{C}/\mathbb{R}$ happens to be a ...
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How and why did Weierstrass $\wp$ get its special symbol?

I kind of always hated drawing the Weierstrass $\wp$ symbol by hand, and it struck me as odd how and why it achieved its special status in the first place. After all, there are tons of other important ...
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Integrating $\int_0^\infty\frac{\log (1+z^2)}{e^z-1}dz$ using residue calculus.

I've been looking at how to integrate the following definite integral using the residue calculus, but can't seem to get my thoughts together. I know the $\log$ term is a multivalued function and the ...
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Conformal cobblestones

Open-ended question: It strikes me that the cobblestone pattern known as Bogen, which can be seen in many European cities, is a fairly accurate representation of the conformal mapping defined by the ...
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The closed form of $\int_0^{\pi/4}\frac{\log(1-x) \tan^2(x)}{1-x\tan^2(x)} \ dx$

What tools, ways would you propose for getting the closed form of this integral? $$\int_0^{\pi/4}\frac{\log(1-x) \tan^2(x)}{1-x\tan^2(x)} \ dx$$
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How to switch to a Laurent series' next convergence ring?

Given the Laurent series $\sum\limits_{k=-\infty}^\infty a_k^{(l)} z^k = f(z)|_{r_l<|z|<R_l}$ of a meromorphic function $f$ on $\mathbb C$ with convergence region $r_l< |z|< R_l$, one can ...
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Integral $\int_0^\infty \frac{\log^2 x \cos ax}{x^n-1}dx$

Hi I am trying to calculate $$ I:=\int\limits_0^\infty \frac{\log^2 x \cos (ax)}{x^n-1}\mathrm dx,\quad \Re(n)>1, \, a\in \mathbb{R}. $$ Note if we set $a=0$ we get a similar integral given by $$ ...
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The closed form of $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \arcsin\left(\frac{1}{e^n}\right)$

In my study on some type of integrals I met the series below that I don't how to approach it. Of course, one of the obvious questions is: does it have a closed form? Before answering that, I need to ...
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Conceptual proof relating linear fractional transformations to matrices

Define a map from $2 \times 2$ invertible matrices to linear fractional transformations $$ f:\left( \begin{array}{ccc} a & b \\ c & d \\\end{array} \right) \mapsto \frac{az + b}{cz + d}.$$ ...
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One-dimensional projective group in linear transformation

A convenient way to express a linear transformation is by use of homogeneous coordinates. If we write $z=z_1/z_2$ and $w=w_1/w_2$ we find that $w=Sz$ if $$w_1=az_1+bz_2\text{ and } w_2=cz_1+dz_2$$ ...
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An infinite series expansion in terms of the polylogarithm function

We have the complex valued function: $$f(z)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a_{n}\text{Li}_{-n}(z)\;\;\;\;\;\;\;(\left | z\right |<1)$$ We wish to recover the coefficients $a_{n}$. The only thing I though would ...
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Another way of expressing $\sum_{k=0}^{n} (-1)^k\frac{H_{k+1}}{n-k+1}$

In this post Another way of expressing $\sum_{k=0}^{n} \frac{H_{k+1}}{n-k+1}$ I asked for a solution of the non-alternating series. How about the alternating series? Can we find a nice way of ...
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Contour integral representation of Confluent Hypergeometric Function

My brain is spinning around in circles trying to reconcile three distinct contour-integral representation of the confluent hypergeometric function $_1F_1(a,b,z)$ for $b \in \mathbb{Z}_+$: From ...
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On the continuation of a polynomial

This exrcise is from the first section of Marden: Exercise 12. Let the interior of a piecewise regular curve $C$ contain the origin $\cal O$ and be star-shaped with respect to $\cal O$. If the ...
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Methods for “recognizing” a polynomial of several variables.

If $f(z)$ is an entire function of a single complex variable, then the following are indirect methods for recognizing that $f$ is a polynomial. 1) Show that $f^{(n)}\equiv0$ for some $n\geq0$. 2) ...
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Proving that two functions involving integrals with Legendre polynomials are equal

I have two functions that I expect to be equal (where $P_{2l}$ are the even Legendre Polynomials): $$F_{2l}(x)=x\, \tanh(\pi x/2)\left|\int_0^1 u^{i x-1}P_{2l}(u)\,du\right|^2$$ ...
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How to recognize when a function is secretely holomorphic

Let $f : M \rightarrow N$ be a holomorphic map between complex manifolds (I'd be interested even in the case $M=N=\mathbb{C}$ which should not be much different). Now take $K$ a compact subset of ...
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Subadditivity for Analytic Capacity Disjoint Compacts separated by a Line

The following problem is asked in Greene and Krantz, Problem 9, page 382: Suppose that $C_1$ and $C_2$ are disjoint compact sets in $\mathbb{C}$ that can be separated by a line $l$ with $C_1 \cap ...
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enitre function that preserve the rationals?

Here's a question i would be curious to know the answer The question is: what is the set of all entire functions $f: \mathbb{C} \to \mathbb{C}$ such that $f(\mathbb{Q})\subseteq \mathbb{Q}$.
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Fejer-Riesz Lemma

I'm trying to apply the Fejer-Riesz Lemma constructively. The lemma says that for a Laurent polynomial $a(z) = \sum_{-n}^na_jz^j$ with $a_j = \bar a_{-j}$ and $a(e^{i\theta})\geq0$ on the complex unit ...
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“Natural” interpolation between partial sums of a power series

Suppose $f(z)=\sum_{n=0}^\infty a_n z^n$ has a radius of convergence of $R$. Let the $N$-th partial sum be $f_N (z)=\sum_{n=0}^N a_n z^n$. What smooth (analytic) function interpolates between ...
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Identity involving $\zeta(3)$

This is related to this question and my partial answer to it. I've found that the proof of the 2nd identity reduces to showing that ...
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When does a modular form satisfy a differential equation with rational coefficients?

Given a modular form $f$ of weight $k$ for a congruence subgroup $\Gamma$, and a modular function $t$ for $\Gamma$ with $t(i\infty)=0$, we can form a function $F$ such that $F(t(z))=f(z)$ (at least ...
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Hilbert transform and Hilbert matrix

The Hilbert matrix is \begin{bmatrix} 1 & \frac{1}{2} & \frac{1}{3} & \frac{1}{4} & \dots \\[4pt] \frac{1}{2} & \frac{1}{3} & \frac{1}{4} & & \ddots \\[4pt] ...
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Exponential type functions

An entire function $f(z)$ is of exponential type $\alpha$ if there exists $A$ such that $|f(z)|\leq Ae^{\alpha|z|}$ for all $z\in \mathbb C$. Given that $A=1$: how to prove that ...
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Is there a book only about epsilon delta proofs?

I want to know if there is such book, with beautiful epsilon delta proofs of all kind.
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Singularities at roots of unity

I want to construct a function $f$ with the following properties: $f$ has a singularity at $z=1$, and for any $\zeta = e^{2\pi i\frac{a}{b}}$ with $(a,b)=1$, then $$\lim\limits_{x\to1^-}\frac{f(\zeta ...
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${\mathfrak{I}} \int_{0}^{\pi/2} \frac{x^2}{x^2+\log ^2(-2\cos x)} \:\mathrm{d}x$ and $\int_{0}^{\pi/2} \frac{\log \cos x}{x^2}\:\mathrm{d}x$

I have found the following new result connecting two rational log-cosine integrals. Proposition. \begin{align} \displaystyle & {\mathfrak{I}} \int_{0}^{\pi/2} \frac{x^2}{x^2+\log ^2(-2\cos ...
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universal covering of punctured plane and Poincaré metric

I want to prove the following result: Let $\Omega$ be the domain $\mathbb{C}\backslash \{a_1,a_2,a_3,a_4\}$. Its universal covering is the unit disk, and the standard Poincaré metric is pulled back to ...
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Generating function of the squared Riemann zeta function

It's a well known fact that $$\sum_{k=2}^{\infty} \zeta(k) x^k=-x \psi(1-x)-x\gamma \space (|x|<1) $$ but I didn't meet yet a version for squared Riemann zeta function $$\sum_{k=2}^{\infty} ...
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A Curious Identity

I met the following equations when I was trying to solve a complex line integral (W.Rudin, RCA, p.228 ex.13). My question is how to prove them: We have to show that for $n>2$ even $$ ...
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Describing co-ordinate systems in 3D for which Laplace's equation is separable

Laplace's Equation in 3 dimensions is given by $$\nabla^2f=\frac{ \partial^2f}{\partial x^2}+\frac{ \partial^2f}{\partial z^2}+\frac{ \partial^2f}{\partial y^2}=0$$ and is a very important PDE in ...
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An entire function of strict order 2

Here is a problem from Stein and Shakarchi Complex Analysis, can somebody help me to solve it? I guess we can use Phragmen-Lindelof theorem but I don't know the exact way. Suppose $f(z)$ is an entire ...
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two fixed points, same fractional iteration

Suppose a function f(z) has two fixed points, one repelling, and the other attracting. Call the repelling fixed point f(-1)=-1, and the attracting fixed point f(+1)=+1. I'm interested in functions ...
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Branch locus along a smooth curve

Let $f : S \to X$ be a dominant morphism of smooth complex surfaces. Let $C \subset S$ be a smooth curve such that $df$ is of rank $1$ along $C$ and that in a neighborhood of $C$, $df_x$ is an ...
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What is the complex *algebraic* moduli of elliptic curves?

It's well-known that $SL_2(\mathbb{Z}) \backslash \mathfrak{h}$ is a coarse moduli space for complex elliptic curves. Thus, I would expect this to be related to the pullback of $\mathcal{M}_{ell} ...
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$\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}\left|f(g(t))-f(h(g(t)))\right| \,dt=0$ How to find $f$?

Let $h,g$ be given entire functions. Consider $$\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}|f(g(t))-f(h(g(t)))|\, dt=0,$$ where $|\cdot|$ means modulus. How do I find non-polynomial analytic solutions for $f\,$? ...
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Linear algebra estimates

Here is something that has been troubleing me lately. I don't know if it is true of not. I suspect it is. Suppose that $A,B$ are two $n \times n$ matrices with complex entries. $A^t = A$, $\bar B^t = ...
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Primality using $\Gamma(x)$

Wilson's theorem states $n \in \mathbb N$ is prime iff$(n-1)! \equiv -1\pmod n$. $\Gamma$-function extends the usual factorial to complex numbers. What are the complex numbers such that $\Gamma(z)+1 ...
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Intuition for the Poisson kernel

The derivation of the Poisson kernel for a disc seems to involve a trick, and I don't really understand how one would come up with it. Let $f$ be a holomorphic function on a disc $D_{R_0}$ centered ...
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Finding general harmonic polynomial of form $ax^3+bx^2y+cxy^2+dy^3$.

I'm trying to find the most general harmonic polynomial of form $ax^3+bx^2y+cxy^2+dy^3$. I write this polynomial as $u(x,y)$. I calculate $$ \frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial x^2}=6ax+2by,\qquad ...
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Converse to the Koebe Distortion?

Given a univalent function on the disk satisfying $f(0)=0$ and $f'(0)=1$, Koebe Distortion theorem says that \begin{equation} \frac{1-|z|}{1+|z|}\le \left|z\frac{f'(z)}{f(z)}\right|\le ...
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Showing that $[\mathbb C(z):\mathbb C(f_0)]=$topological degree of $f_0\in\mathbb C(z)$ as a function from the Riemann sphere to itself

McKean & Moll offer the following sketch of a proof. Let $P(x)=a_0(x)-f_0b_0(x)$ in $\mathbb C(f_0)[x]$ where $f_0(z)=\dfrac{a_0(z)}{b_0(z)}$ is in $\mathbb C(z)$. Then evidently, $\deg P=\#$ ...
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An argument on page 62 of Griffith's book, “Introduction to Algebraic Curves”

I am a bit confused about some of the things that Griffiths says on page 62 of his book, Introduction to Algebraic Curves. I am not sure how I can reproduce the text here. I can see that GoogleBooks ...
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Choosing the branch of a logarithm

The problem: I am integrating complex logarithms over an angle $\phi$ over $[0,2\pi]$. It is quite complex (pun not intended) and I called Mathematica in to aid me. I am calculating an energy of a ...
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Can a Power Series tell when to stop?

The naive description of the radius of convergence of a complex power series is as the largest radius so that the ball avoids poles and branch cuts. This makes sense in a world where analytic ...
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Area growth of harmonic functions

Can one construct a harmonic function $f$ defined in unit disk with condition $f(0)\geq1$ such that area of $\{z\in\mathbb{D}: f(z)>0\}$ is small enough?
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Writing the roots of a polynomial with varying coefficients as continuous functions?

Consider the monic polynomial $$p_{\zeta}(z) = z^n + a_{n-1}(\zeta)z^{n-1} + \dots + a_0(\zeta), $$ where the $a_{i}$'s are continuous functions defined over $\mathbb{C}$. As is well known, the ...
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Finding an analytic function such that real part is the given function.

I am reading the book Complex Analysis by Lars V Ahlfors. In the book he uses a nice method without involving integration to evaluate $f$ given that the real part of the function is $U$. The method ...
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Conjecture: Tract version of Gauss--Lucas Theorem for higher derivatives.

The Gauss--Lucas Theorem states that all zeros of a degree $n$ complex polynomial $p(z)$ are contained in the convex hull of the zeros of $p$. By iteration, this implies that the zeros of ...