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George Green: Mathematician and Physicist 1793-1841

George Green: Mathematician and Physicist 1793-1841
The Background to His Life and Work

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  • Date Published: January 1987
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780898714630

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  • Mathematicians and lay people alike will enjoy this fascinating book that details the life of George Green, a pioneer in the application of mathematics to physical problems. Green was a mathematical physicist who spent most of the first 40 years of his life working not as a physicist but as a miller in his father's grain mill. Green received only four terms of formal schooling, and at the age of nine he had surpassed his teachers. Green studied mathematics in his spare time and in 1828 published his most famous work, An Essay on the Application of Mathematical Analysis to the Theories of Electricity and Magnetism. It was in this essay that the famous Green's Theorem and Green's functions first appeared. Although this work was largely ignored during his lifetime, it is now considered of major importance in modern physics.

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    'Mary Cannell's fascinating life of George Green provides us with clues as to how this miller of Nottingham, with only four terms of schooling, was the first to obtain Gauss's integral theorem. It also leaves many mysteries, such as why Green was quickly forgotten in both Nottingham and Cambridge (thus his essay of 1828 had to be rediscovered by Kelvin) and whether more will ever be learned to explain his scientific work. New material documents the critical role Green's functions continue to play in mathematical physics.' Robert E. O'Malley, Jr, University of Washington

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    • Date Published: January 1987
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780898714630
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact Soc for Industrial & Applied Mathematics for availability.
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface to the second edition
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Foreword
    Introduction
    In Memoriam: Mary Cannell
    1. Family Background
    2. George Green's Education
    3. Cambridge Interlude
    4. Bromley House Library and the Essay of 1828
    5. Sir Edward Bromhead
    6. The Publication of George Green's Further Investigations
    7. An Undergraduate at Cambridge
    8. A Fellowship at Caius College
    9. George Green's Family
    10. William Thomson and the Rediscovery of the Essay of 1828
    11. 'Honour in His Own Country'
    Appendix I. The Mathematics of George Green by M. C. Thornley, formerly of the Mathematics Department, Nottingham Polytechnic
    Appendix II. Mathematical Papers of George Green
    Appendix IIIa. Account by William Tomlin, Esq.: 'Memoir of George Green, Esq.'
    Appendix IIIb. Account by Sir E. Ffrench Bromhead
    Appendix IVa. Green Family Tree
    Appendix IVb. Butler Family Tree
    Appendix IVc. Smith Family Tree
    Appendix IVd. Tomlin Family Tree
    Appendix Va. Time Chart of British Mathematicians and Men of Science
    Appendix Vb. Time Chart of Other Mathematicians and Men of Science
    Appendix VIa. The Greening of Quantum Field Theory: George and I by Professor Julian Schwinger
    Appendix VIb. Homage to George Green: How Physics Looked in the Nineteen-Forties by Professor Freeman Dyson
    Notes
    References I. Biographical
    References II. Scientific
    Index.

  • Author

    D. M. Cannell

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