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Can One Hear the Shape of a Drum?

by Mark Kac

Year of Award: 1967

Award: Lester R. Ford, and also the Chauvenet Prize in 1968

Publication Information: The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 73, 1966, Part II, pp. 1-23

Summary: The author shows how much about the shape of a drum can be inferred from the knowledge of all the eigenvalues and emphasizes the connections between this problem and various parts of mathematics and physics.

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About the Author: (from The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 73, (1966)) Mark Kac was at Rockefeller University at the time of publication.


Subject classification(s): Index | Geometry and Topology | Differential Geometry | Applied Mathematics
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, September 24, 2008