## Abstract

Let p be a non-linear complex polynomial in one variable. Smale's mean value conjecture is a precise estimate of the derivative p'(z) in terms of the gradients of chords between z and a stationary point on the graph of p. The problem is to determine the correct constant in the estimate, but despite the apparent simplicity of the problem only a small amount of progress has been made since Stephen Smale first posed it in 1981. In this paper we establish the existence of extremal polynomials for Smale's mean value conjecture, and establish a geometric property of the extremals.

Translated title of the contribution | Extremal Polynomials in Smale's Mean Value Conjecture |
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Original language | English |

Pages (from-to) | 145 - 163 |

Number of pages | 19 |

Journal | Computational Methods and Function Theory |

Volume | 6 (1) |

Publication status | Published - Jan 2006 |