This book is based on lectures presented over many years to second and third year mathematics students in the Mathematics Departments at Bedford College, London, and King's College, London, as part of the BSc. and MSci. program. Its aim is to provide a gentle yet rigorous first course on complex analysis.Metric space aspects of the complex plane are discussed in detail, making this text an excellent introduction to metric space theory. The complex exponential and trigonometric functions are defined from first principles and great care is taken to derive their familiar properties. In particular, the appearance of pi, in this context, is carefully explained.The central results of the subject, such as Cauchy's Theorem and its immediate corollaries, as well as the theory of singularities and the Residue Theorem are carefully treated while avoiding overly complicated generality. Throughout, the theory is illustrated by examples.A number of relevant results from real analysis are collected, complete with proofs, in an appendix.The approach in this book attempts to soften the impact for the student who may feel less than completely comfortable with the logical but often overly concise presentation of mathematical analysis elsewhere.
Complex numbers; Sequences and Series; Metric Space Properties of the Complex Plane; Analytic Functions; The Complex Exponential and Trigonometric Functions; The Complex Logarithm; Complex Integration; Cauchy's Theorem; The Laurent Expansion; Singularities and Meromorphic Functions; Theory of Residues; The Argument Principle; Maximum Modulus Principle; Mobius Transformations; Harmonic Functions; Local Properties of Analytic Functions.
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