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Modern Spherical Functions
Masaru Takeuchi

Translations of Mathematical Monographs
1994; 265 pp; hardcover
Volume: 135
ISBN-10: 0-8218-4580-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-4580-6
List Price: US$115
Member Price: US$92
Order Code: MMONO/135
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This book presents an exposition of spherical functions on compact symmetric spaces, from the viewpoint of Cartan-Selberg. Representation theory, invariant differential operators, and invariant integral operators play an important role in the exposition. The author treats compact symmetric pairs, spherical representations for compact symmetric pairs, the fundamental groups of compact symmetric spaces, and the radial part of an invariant differential operator. Also explored are the classical results for spheres and complex projective spaces and the relation between spherical functions and harmonic polynomials. This book is suitable as a graduate textbook.


Mathematicians familiar with the Fourier expansion of a function on the unit circle who would like to study how this fact is generalized to homogeneous spaces.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Spherical functions
  • Compact symmetric pairs
  • Spherical functions on spheres and on complex projective spaces
  • Appendix
  • References
  • Subject index
  • Notation index
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