Dirichlet: A Mathematical Biography by Uta C. Merzbach

Dirichlet: A Mathematical Biography by Uta C. Merzbach
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Overview: 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.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs Popular Mathematics, History of Mathematics, Biography

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