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Kyoji Saito

To understand the arc length 2π of a unit circle is one of the most ancient mathematical subject. Since the unit circle C is given by the quadratic equation x^{2}+y^{2}=1, using the complex variable z=x+iy, one has This integral is called a period integral, since the inverse function of the indefinite integral ∫dz/z is the exponential function with period This period integral can be described by the Lie algebra of type A_{1}. Period integrals over complex curves defined by cubic or quartic equations are called elliptic integrals, whose inversion functions are the elliptic functions. These elliptic integrals can be described by the Lie algebras of type A_{2}, B_{2} and G_{2} of rank 2. In thisway, several interesting mathematical structures are crossing in the study of period integrals. In order to construct a higher dimensional generalization of the elliptic integrals, called the integral of primitive forms, categorically, I introduced certain infinite dimensional Lie algebras associated with infinite root systems. The flat structure (or, Frobenius manifold structure) and the flat coordinates, which appeared as a byproduct of this study, is nowadays one of the standard languages used to describe mirror symmetry. It is an important thema to determined the automorphic forms obtained by inverting the period integral maps.
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