Hermann Grassmann


by: Hans-Joachim Petsche

Hermann Grassmann
Author: Hans-Joachim Petsche

Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag AG

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Format: Hardback

Publication date: 18 September 2009

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ISBN: 3764388595 ISBN 13: 9783764388591

Hermann Grassmann by Hans-Joachim Petsche

Founder of n-vector algebra, Hermann Grassman was an obscure high school teacher who made many lasting contributions to physics and linguistics. This biography details the complex network of internal and external factors that shaped Grassman's development. Top page

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Hermann Gunther Grassmann was one of the most remarkable personalities in 19th-century science. A 'small-town genius', he developed a groundbreaking n-dimensional algebra of space and contributed to a revolution in the understanding of mathematics. His work fascinated great mathematicians such as W. R. Hamilton, J. W. Gibbs and A. N. Whitehead. This intellectual biography traces Grassmann's steps towards scientific brilliance by untangling a complicated web of influences: the force of unsolved problems in mathematics, Friedrich Schleiermacher's Dialectic, German Romanticism and life in 19th-century Prussia. The book also introduces the reader to the details of Grassmann's mathematical work without neglecting his achievements in Sanskrit philology and physics. And, for the first time, it makes many original sources accessible to the English-language reader. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Birkhauser Verlag AG

City: Basel

Pages: 326

More info: height 235 mm width 165 mm weight 760 gr thickness 23 mm

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Age recommended: Professional and scholarly

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC22) 510.92 Library of Congress Subject: QA1-939 Mathematics

Departments: History of mathematics;

Record updated at: 07 August, 2014 time: 19:09

Summary Hermann Grassmann From the contents: Translator's note.- Foreword.- Introduction.- Grassmann's life.- Grassmann's sources of inspiration.- Hermann Gunther Grassmann's contributions to the development of mathematics and their place in the history of mathematics.- The genesis and essence of Hermann Gunther Grassmann's philosophical views in the Extension Theory of 1844.-Chronology of Grassmann's life.- Abbreviations.-Bibliography.- List of illustrations.- List of persons mentioned. Top page

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