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Dirichlet

A Mathematical Biography

Authors: Merzbach, Uta C.

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  • Provides a general context for the life of an influential European mathematician who lived in the first half of the nineteenth century
  • Details the extent to which certain mathematicians of the period were affected by political and social circumstances as well as by their own contributions
  • Shows how representatives of science, politics, and the arts interacted in the early nineteenth century
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This is the first extensive biography of the influential German mathematician, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805 – 1859). Dirichlet made major contributions to number theory in addition to clarifying concepts such as the representation of functions as series, the theory of convergence, and potential theory. His mathematical methodology was explicitly based on a thorough knowledge of the work of his predecessors and his belief in the underlying unity of the branches of mathematics. This unified approach is exemplified in a paper that effectively launched the field of analytic number theory. The same orientation pervaded his teaching, which had a profound influence on the work of many mathematicians of subsequent generations.

Chapters dealing with his mathematical work alternate with biographical chapters that place Dirichlet’s life and those of some of his notable associates in the context of the political, social, and artistic culture of the period. This book will appeal not only to mathematicians but also to historians of mathematics and sciences, and readers interested in the cultural and intellectual history of the nineteenth century.

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“The book under review is an outstanding piece of work and an important contribution to the literature on the history of mathematics in the 19th century.” (Franz Lemmermeyer, zbMath 1412.01003, 2019)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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eBook $59.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dirichlet
Book Subtitle
A Mathematical Biography
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01073-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01073-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01071-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 311
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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