By József Beck
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By contrast, the two-dimensional problem is far from trivial. What are the “reasonable” sets in the plane? 2 Randomness in Lattice Point Counting 27 1. polygons, 2. smooth regions like the circle, and other quadratic shapes (ellipse, hyperbola), and 3. all convex regions. , Gauss’s well-known Circle Problem). 2) is in the middle in the sense that it is a lattice point counting result that is neither simple nor hopeless. In the rest of the section we collect some simple results that will be repeatedly used later.
2. 50) we need the additive term C3 log N with a nonzero C3 . The underlying reason is asymmetry: the Pell equation x 2 2y 2 D 1 has infinitely many integral solutions, but x 2 3y 2 D 1 has no integral solution (which is clear from a routine modulo 3 analysis). 2 are intimately bound up with the deeper arithmetic properties of real quadratic number fields; this will be explained later in Sects. 3. Here we just give two informal illustrations in advance (the definitions and proofs will come much p later).
As an illustration, we mention without proof the following result. 4 (Ostrowski’s large fluctuation result). Suppose the partial quotients of ˛ D Œa0 I a1 ; : : : form a bounded sequence: ai Ä A for all i (this covers the class of quadratic irrationals). 2 Counting Lattice Points in General We conclude this section with a short general discussion about lattice point problems. It is fair to say that there is no such thing as a coherent “lattice point theory” (yet). What we have instead are two unrelated subjects: (a) the two famous old lattice point problems and a lot of related partial results and (b) Minkowski’s well-known lattice point theorem(s), as the basic result(s) of the so-called geometry of numbers.
Probabilistic Diophantine Approximation: Randomness in Lattice Point Counting by József Beck