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Henri Poincaré : impatient genius

Author: F Verhulst
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book describes the life and work of Henri Poincaré, detailing most of his unique achievements in mathematics and physics. It is divided into two parts--the first on Poincaré's life, and the second on his contributions to the mathematical sciences. Apart from biographical details, attention is given to Poincaré's results on automorphic functions; differential equations and dynamical systems; celestial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Named Person: Henri Poincaré; Henri Poincaré
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: F Verhulst
ISBN: 9781461424079 1461424070 1461424062 9781461424062
OCLC Number: 806458685
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations, portraits
Contents: Part 1. The Life of Henri Poincare --
The Early Years --
Academic Education: 1873-1879 --
Impressive Results in Vesoul and Caen --
Career in Paris --
The Prize Competition of Oscar II --
Philosophy and Essays --
At the End, What Kind of a Man? --
Part 2. Scientific Details and Documents --
Automorphic Functions --
Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems --
Analysis Situs --
Mathematical Physics --
Poincaré's Address to the Society for Moral Education --
Historical Data and Biographical Details.
Responsibility: Ferdinand Verhulst.

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In this, the first English biography of the French mathematician and physicist, his unique achievements in these subjects are laid out alongside fascinating and revealing details such as brief  Read more...

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