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