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Book DetailsHistory of MathematicsVolume: 28; 2005; 168 ppMSC: Primary 01
Social reformer, banker, and mathematician, Olinde Rodrigues is a fascinating figure of nineteenthcentury 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 nineteenthcentury France, portrayed through the life and work of Olinde Rodrigues.
The beginning chapters attempt to recreate the scientific and social background of nineteenthcentury 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.
ReadershipSpecialists in the history of mathematics and/or science, graduate students, and mathematicians.

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Chapters

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 SaintSimonism

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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The authors have put together, for the first time, archival resources and documents on B. O. Rodrigues, which are scattered throughout a variety of archives, to show different aspects of Rodrigues'fascinating life and to describe his interesting mathematical works and his influence on mathematics in France.
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Social reformer, banker, and mathematician, Olinde Rodrigues is a fascinating figure of nineteenthcentury 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 nineteenthcentury France, portrayed through the life and work of Olinde Rodrigues.
The beginning chapters attempt to recreate the scientific and social background of nineteenthcentury 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.
Specialists in the history of mathematics and/or science, graduate students, and mathematicians.

Chapters

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 SaintSimonism

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

The authors have put together, for the first time, archival resources and documents on B. O. Rodrigues, which are scattered throughout a variety of archives, to show different aspects of Rodrigues'fascinating life and to describe his interesting mathematical works and his influence on mathematics in France.
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