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Mathematical Treasure: Weierstrass Lecture Notes

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

During the 19th century, students from the United States seeking instruction in higher mathematics often studied in Germany, particularly at the universities in Berlin and Göttingen. Archibald Lamont Daniels (1849–1918) was one such student. In the academic years 1879–1881, in Berlin, he attended lectures by Karl Weierstrass (1815–1897) on analytic and elliptic function theory. Daniels wrote up his notes as Einige auf die Theorie der analÿtischen Functionen mehrerer Veränderlichen sich beziehende Sätze. Daniels returned to the United States to become a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Vermont.

Additional notes by Daniels are available in Convergence and in the collection LJS 207.

The images above were obtained through the kind cooperation of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, The Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection of Late and Early Renaissance Manuscripts, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Lawrence Schoenberg, a successful businessman and collector of early scientific manuscripts, donated his collection to the University. The item shown here is fully digitized and may be consulted and copied in its entirety with due credit provided, including its reference number, LJS 206.

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Weierstrass Lecture Notes," Convergence (February 2019)