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Hidden Harmony-- Geometric Fantasies: The Rise of Complex Function Theory (Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physic) Paperback – May 14, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1461457251 ISBN-10: 1461457254

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Product Details

  • Series: Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physic
  • Paperback: 860 pages
  • Publisher: Not Avail (May 14, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1461457254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461457251

Editorial Reviews


From the reviews:

“This comprehensive, massively researched volume … is a detailed historical account of the development of analytic function theory in the 19th century, tracing its rise and ramification through that period up until about 1910. … It is a very dense and scholarly work, suitable for specialists. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.” (D. Robbins, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)

“This book is the first one devoted to the history of complex function theory. The authors present the rise of analytic function theory from its origins to 1914. … This book is of great interest and help, not only for mathematicians interested in complex function theory, but also for everyone who likes the history of mathematics.” (Agnieszka Wisniowska-Wajnryb, zbMATH, Vol. 1276, 2014) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

Hidden Harmony—Geometric Fantasies describes the history of complex function theory from its origins to 1914, when the essential features of the modern theory were in place. It is the first history of mathematics devoted to complex function theory, and it draws on a wide range of published and unpublished sources. In addition to an extensive and detailed coverage of the three founders of the subject—Cauchy, Riemann, and Weierstrass—it looks at the contributions of great mathematicians from d’Alembert to Poincaré, and Laplace to Weyl.

Select chapters examine the rise and importance of elliptic function theory, differential equations in the complex domain, geometric function theory, and the early years of complex function theory in several variables. Unique emphasis has been placed on the creation of a textbook tradition in complex analysis by considering some seventy textbooks in nine different languages. This book is not a mere sequence of disembodied results and theories, but offers a comprehensive picture of the broad cultural and social context in which the main players lived and worked by paying attention to the rise of mathematical schools and of contrasting national traditions.

This work is unrivaled for its breadth and depth, both in the core theory and its implications for other fields of mathematics. It is a major resource for professional mathematicians as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate students and anyone studying complex function theory.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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