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Mathematical Treasure: Theory of Functions by Morley and Harkness

Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University)

Frank Morley (1860-1937) was an English mathematician who served as Chairman of the Mathematics Department at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. James Harkness (1864-1923) was a Canadian who taught at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. In 1893, Morley and Harkness published their joint work, A Treatise on the Theory of Functions. The book became a foundational landmark in modern analysis.

The authors gave their objectives for the book in the “Preface”:

The “Table of Contents” reveals the scope of the material considered:

The concept of a “function” is discussed on pages 67-69:

Later in the book, “Laurent’s Theorem” is brought to the reader's attention:

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Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Theory of Functions by Morley and Harkness," Convergence (July 2018)