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Henri Poincaré: A Scientific Biography
Jeremy Gray
 Format
 Book
 Published
 Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2012.
 Language
 English
 ISBN
 9780691152714 (hardback), 0691152713 (hardback)
 Summary
 "Henri Poincaré (18541912) was not just one of the most inventive, versatile, and productive mathematicians of all timehe 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 indepth 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 wideranging and permanent. His novel interpretation of nonEuclidean 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"
 Description
 xiii, 592 pages, illistrations, list of figures, diagrs. ; 25 cm.
 Notes
 Includes bibliographical references and index.
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