Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Joseph Liouville 1809–1882

Master of Pure and Applied Mathematics

Authors: Lützen, Jesper

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Joseph Liouville was the most important French mathematician in the gen­ eration between Galois and Hermite. This is reflected in the fact that even today all mathematicians know at least one of the more than six theorems named after him and regularly study Liouville's Journal, as the Journal de Mathematiques pures et appliquees is usually nicknamed after its creator. However, few mathematicians are aware of the astonishing variety of Liou­ ville's contributions to almost all areas of pure and applied mathematics. The reason is that these contributions have not been studied in their histor­ ical context. In the Dictionary of Scientific Biography 1973, Taton [1973] gave a rather sad but also true picture of the Liouville studies carried out up to that date: The few articles devoted to Liouville contain little biographical data. Thus the principal stages of his life must be reconstructed on the ba­ sis of original documentation. There is no exhausti ve list of Liou ville's works, which are dispersed in some 400 publications .... His work as a whole has been treated in only two original studies of limited scope those of G. Chrystal and G. Loria. Since this was written, the situation has improved somewhat through the publications of Peiffer, Edwards, Neuenschwander, and myself. Moreover, C. Houzel and I have planned on publishing Liouville's collected works.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Joseph Liouville 1809–1882
Book Subtitle
Master of Pure and Applied Mathematics
Series Title
Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Series Volume
15
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-0989-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-0989-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-97180-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-6973-1
Series ISSN
0172-570X
Edition Number
1
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