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Mathematical Treasure: Clebsch’s Lectures on Geometry

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Alfred Clebsch (1833-1872) was a German mathematician noted for his work in algebraic geometry as well as his ability as a teacher of mathematics. Some of his most important work involved Abelian integrals. In 1868, Clebsch accepted the chair of mathematics at the University of Göttingen formerly held by Riemann. His 1876 Vorlesungen über geometrie [Lectures on Geometry] was based on his lecture notes at Göttingen, but prepared by his student Ferdinand Lindemann (1852-1939) after Clebsch’s death. Lindemann is mainly remembered for his proof of the transcendence of the number π.

The “Table of Contents” gives the scope of the book’s coverage.

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Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Clebsch’s Lectures on Geometry," Convergence (September 2016)