Henri Poincarâe

Henri Poincar - Henri Poincarâe

A Scientific Biography

eBook - 2013
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"Henri Poincarâe (1854-1912) was not just one of the most inventive, versatile, and productive mathematicians of all time--he was also a leading physicist who almost won a Nobel Prize for physics and a prominent philosopher of science whose fresh and surprising essays are still in print a century later. The first in-depth and comprehensive look at his many accomplishments, Henri Poincarâe explores all the fields that Poincarâe touched, the debates sparked by his original investigations, and how his discoveries still contribute to society today. Math historian Jeremy Gray shows that Poincarâe's influence was wide-ranging and permanent. His novel interpretation of non-Euclidean geometry challenged contemporary ideas about space, stirred heated discussion, and led to flourishing research. His work in topology began the modern study of the subject, recently highlighted by the successful resolution of the famous Poincarâe conjecture. And Poincarâe's reformulation of celestial mechanics and discovery of chaotic motion started the modern theory of dynamical systems. In physics, his insights on the Lorentz group preceded Einstein's, and he was the first to indicate that space and time might be fundamentally atomic. Poincarâe the public intellectual did not shy away from scientific controversy, and he defended mathematics against the attacks of logicians such as Bertrand Russell, opposed the views of Catholic apologists, and served as an expert witness in probability for the notorious Dreyfus case that polarized France. Richly informed by letters and documents, Henri Poincarâe demonstrates how one man's work revolutionized math, science, and the greater world"--
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780691152714
0691152713
9781283833752
1283833751
9781400844791
1400844797
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 592 pages) : illustrations

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