# Mathematical Papers by William Kingdon Clifford

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*Robert Tucker*

AMS Chelsea Publishing: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society

William Clifford (1845–1879) was an important mathematician of
his day. He is most remembered today for his invention of Clifford algebras,
which are
fundamental in modern differential geometry and mathematical physics. His
ideas on the connection between energy and matter and the curvature of space
were important in the eventual formulation of general relativity. Clifford was
particularly interested in non-Euclidean geometry. However, in his relatively
brief career, he made contributions to diverse fields of mathematics: elliptic
functions, Riemann surfaces, biquaternions, motion in Euclidean and
non-Euclidean space, spaces of constant curvature, syzygies, and so on. He was
also well-known as a teacher and for his ideas on the philosophy of
science.

This work covers the life and mathematical work of Clifford, from his early
education at Templeton (Exeter) to King's College (London), to Trinity
(Cambridge) and ultimately to his professorship at University College
(London)—a post which he occupied until the time of his death. Tucker
discusses Clifford's Fellowship at the Royal Society and his Council post at
the London Mathematical Society. His papers and talks are presented and
peppered with entertaining anecdotes relating Clifford's associations with his
private tutor, family members, and his wide circle of personal friends and
professional colleagues.

#### Readership

Graduate students and research mathematicians.