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Mathematics and Social Utopias in France
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Mathematics and Social Utopias in France

Mathematics and Social Utopias in France

Olinde Rodrigues and His Times

Simon Altmann, Eduardo L. Ortiz - Collection History of Mathematics

184 pages, parution le 26/01/2006


Social reformer, banker, and mathematician, Olinde Rodrigues is a fascinating figure of nineteenth-century Paris. Information about him is obscure--scattered in publications on history, mathematics, and the social sciences--and often inaccurate. Rodrigues left no papers or archives. Here, for the first time, is an authoritative account of his family history, education, and important mathematical works. Written by a team of prominent mathematicians and historians, the book comprises the interests and associations that make Rodrigues such a remarkable character in the history of mathematics. This is a superb panorama of nineteenth-century France, portrayed through the life and work of Olinde Rodrigues.

The beginning chapters attempt to recreate the scientific and social background of nineteenth-century Paris and Rodrigues's place in it. The following chapters discuss his contributions to a variety of mathematical fields (e.g., orthogonal polynomials, combinatorics, and rotations). The final chapters discuss contemporary reactions to his mathematical work. Sufficient background is given to make it accessible to readers familiar with basic college mathematics. The book is suitable for specialists in the history of mathematics and/or science, graduate students, and mathematicians.

Copublished with the London Mathematical Society beginning with Volume 4. Members of the LMS may order directly from the AMS at the AMS member price. The LMS is registered with the Charity Commissioners.


  • Introduction
  • Olinde Rodrigues and his times
  • Towards a better understanding of Olinde Rodrigues and his circle: Family and faith in his life and career
  • Euphrasie and Olinde Rodrigues: The 'woman question' within Saint-Simonism
  • Rodrigues's early work in mathematics, 1813-1816
  • The 1839 paper on permutations: Its relation to the Rodrigues formula and further developments
  • Olinde Rodrigues and combinatorics
  • Olinde Rodrigues's paper of 1840 on a group of transformations
  • After Rodrigues: From rotations to quaternions
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Éditeur(s) American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Auteur(s) Simon Altmann, Eduardo L. Ortiz
Collection History of Mathematics
Parution 26/01/2006
Nb. de pages 184
Format 18 x 26
Couverture Relié
Poids 495g
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9780821838600
ISBN13 978-0-8218-3860-0

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