**History of Mathematics**

Volume: 28;
2005;
168 pp;
Softcover

MSC: Primary 01;

Print ISBN: 978-0-8218-4253-9

Product Code: HMATH/28.S

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**Electronic ISBN: 978-1-4704-3896-8
Product Code: HMATH/28.E**

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#### Supplemental Materials

# Mathematics and Social Utopias in France: Olinde Rodrigues and His Times

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*Simon Altmann; Eduardo L. Ortiz*

A co-publication of the AMS and the London Mathematical Society

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.

#### Readership

Specialists in the history of mathematics and/or science, graduate students, and mathematicians.

#### Reviews & Endorsements

The authors have put together, for the first time, archival re-sources 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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#### Table of Contents

# Table of Contents

## Mathematics and Social Utopias in France: Olinde Rodrigues and His Times

- Cover Cover11
- Title page iii4
- Contents v6
- Preface ix10
- List of contributors xi12
- Introduction 114
- Olinde Rodrigues and his times 518
- Towards a better understanding of Olinde Rodrigues and his circle: Family and faith in his life and career 3952
- Euphrasie and Olinde Rodrigues: The ’woman question’ within Saint-Simonism 7184
- Rodrigues’s early work in mathematics, 1813–1816 95108
- The 1839 paper on permutations: Its relation to the Rodrigues formula and further developments 105118
- Olinde Rodrigues and combinatorics 119132
- Olinde Rodrigues’s paper of 1840 on a group of transformations 131144
- After Rodrigues: From rotations to quaternions 141154
- Index 163176
- Back Cover Back Cover1183