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Möbius and his band : mathematics and astronomy in nineteenth-century Germany

Author: John Fauvel; Raymond Flood; Robin J Wilson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Most people have heard of the Mobius band. But the work and influence of August Mobius are more far-reaching than a topological toy. For some fifty years of the nineteenth century, August Mobius taught astronomy and researched in mathematics at Leipzig University. During those years, which saw the German nation move towards unification, German mathematics developed into the most powerful and influential in the world  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Möbius and his band.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)622272330
Named Person: August Ferdinand Möbius; August Ferdinand Mobius
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Fauvel; Raymond Flood; Robin J Wilson
ISBN: 019853969X 9780198539698
OCLC Number: 27264636
Description: 172 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: A Saxon mathematician / John Fauvel --
The German mathematical community / Gert Schubring --
The astronomical revolution / Allan Chapman --
Möbius's geometrical mechanics / Jeremy Gray --
The development of topology / Norman Biggs --
Möbius's modern legacy / Ian Stewart.
Responsibility: edited by John Fauvel, Raymond Flood, and Robin Wilson.
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Most people have heard of the Mobius band. But the work and influence of August Mobius are more far-reaching than a topological toy. For some fifty years of the nineteenth century, August Mobius taught astronomy and researched in mathematics at Leipzig University. During those years, which saw the German nation move towards unification, German mathematics developed into the most powerful and influential in the world and German astronomers became the world leaders. How did this come about? In this fascinating, richly illustrated, and accessible book, leading scholars assess the contribution of Mobius and others of his time to the practice of mathematics and astronomy today. Mobius and his band has been written for all those interested in the historical development of ideas and their legacy, and thus both the general reader and specialists in particular fields will find much of interest.

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