Book: Hermann Graßmann, Biography, by H.J. Petsche

Hermann Graßmann
by Petsche, Hans-Joachim
2009, XX, 306 p. 47 illus., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-7643-8859-1
Online version available
A Birkhäuser book
Price: 69,95 €

About this biography
Hermann Günther 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.

Written for:
Historians of sciences, historians of mathematics, mathematicians, physicists, philologists and philosophers; teachers in the above mentioned disciplines, educated public in general

* Geschichte der Mathematik
* Graßmann, Hermann

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



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