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Todhunter’s History of Calculus of Variations

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Isaac Todhunter (1820-1884) was a British mathematician, teacher and textbook writer. He was also noted for his writings on the history of mathematics. His text, A History of the Progress of the Calculus of Variations During the Nineteenth Century (1861), provides valuable insight into the mathematical research of the period.

The “Preface” supplies a brief outline of the main research concerning the calculus of variations.

These images were obtained through the courtesy of the University of Toronto Library. The book can be viewed in its entirety via the Internet Archive.

Index to Mathematical Treasures


Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Todhunter’s History of Calculus of Variations," Convergence (July 2017)