Meromorphic Functions on the Riemann Sphere (Pt. II)
Point of Post: This is a continuation of this post.
Now, I want to use this nice characterization of to make an interesting observation. In particular, take , let’s say
with and . Let us calculate for all . Ok, now by definition if is not a zero or a pole of then , and by almost definition we see that and . Thus, the only point left to check is . Now, we merely check that with the standard chart at we get
where is equal to
Now, it’s evident then that has a singuliarity of order
at and thus has a singularity of order
at . Thus, we see that
Thus, since every meromorphic function on is rational the above calculation proves the following:
Theorem: Let be a meromorphic function on . Then,
This tells us that, if we count right (i.e. with multiplicity), that meromorphic functions on the Riemann sphere have the same number of zeros and poles. This gives us a definitive proof that Weierstrass’s theorem can’t hold for –we can’t pick meromorphic functions with arbitrary singularities, the number of poles and zeros must be equal. We shall see that this theorem will hold true more generally for any compact Riemann surface.
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