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The Resource Henri Poincaré : a scientific biography, Jeremy Gray

Henri Poincaré : a scientific biography, Jeremy Gray

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Henri Poincaré : a scientific biography
Title
Henri Poincaré
Title remainder
a scientific biography
Statement of responsibility
Jeremy Gray
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Henri Poincaré (1854-1912) was not just one of the most inventive, versatile, and productive mathematicians of all time--he was also a leading physicist who almost won a Nobel Prize for physics and a prominent philosopher of science whose fresh and surprising essays are still in print a century later. The first in-depth and comprehensive look at his many accomplishments, Henri Poincaré explores all the fields that Poincaré touched, the debates sparked by his original investigations, and how his discoveries still contribute to society today. Math historian Jeremy Gray shows that Poincaré's influence was wide-ranging and permanent. His novel interpretation of non-Euclidean geometry challenged contemporary ideas about space, stirred heated discussion, and led to flourishing research. His work in topology began the modern study of the subject, recently highlighted by the successful resolution of the famous Poincaré conjecture. And Poincaré's reformulation of celestial mechanics and discovery of chaotic motion started the modern theory of dynamical systems. In physics, his insights on the Lorentz group preceded Einstein's, and he was the first to indicate that space and time might be fundamentally atomic. Poincaré the public intellectual did not shy away from scientific controversy, and he defended mathematics against the attacks of logicians such as Bertrand Russell, opposed the views of Catholic apologists, and served as an expert witness in probability for the notorious Dreyfus case that polarized France. Richly informed by letters and documents, Henri Poincaré demonstrates how one man's work revolutionized math, science, and the greater world"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
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1947-
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Gray, Jeremy
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q143.P7
LC item number
G73 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Poincaré, Henri
  • Scientists
  • MATHEMATICS / History & Philosophy
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology
  • MATHEMATICS / General
  • SCIENCE / Physics
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
Label
Henri Poincaré : a scientific biography, Jeremy Gray
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [553]-584) and indexes
Control code
788266487
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 592 p.
Isbn
9780691152714
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012019641
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)788266487
Label
Henri Poincaré : a scientific biography, Jeremy Gray
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [553]-584) and indexes
Control code
788266487
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 592 p.
Isbn
9780691152714
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012019641
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)788266487

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