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Connectivity and Smoke-Rings

by Thomas Archibald

Award: Carl B. Allendoerfer

Year of Award:1990

Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 62 (1989), pp. 219-232

Summary: An historical discussion of Green's 1828 essay that gave an early discussion of potential theory and laid the foundation for the method of Green's functions.

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About the Author: (from Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 62 (1989)) Thomas Archibald obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1987, and taught at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He is currently a professor at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include the history of analysis in the nineteenth century, with particular emphasis on the relationship between developments in pure mathematics and those in mathematical physics.

Subject classification(s): Calculus | Advanced Calculus | Mathematics History | Biographies of Mathematicians
Publication Date: 
Friday, February 2, 2007