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Mathematical Treasure: Mathematical Papers of George Green

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

George Green (1793-1841) began his professional career as a baker, carrying on the family trade. Initially through self-study, he became interested in mathematics and eventually took a degree, at age forty, at Cambridge University. Green went on to become a noted British mathematical physicist. Although he is recognized today mainly for Green’s Theorem, his contribution to calculus, his most important contributions were to the development of potential theory. A collection of his mathematical papers was published in 1871.

The nature of Green’s mathematical investigations is evident in the listing of papers published in this volume.

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Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Mathematical Papers of George Green," Convergence (July 2016)