George Green: Mathematician and Physicist 1793-1841 : The Background to His Life and Work

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George Green was a pioneering 19th-century mathematical physicist, whose work influenced modern physics. He was by trade a miller, of scant formal education until most his finest work was complete. Then, at the age of 40, he went to Caius College, Cambridge, to read for a degree in mathematics. He was without public recognition during his lifetime, and it was Kelvin who saw the importance of his work and gave it wide publicity. Today, Green's function technique has been adapted to quantam mechanical problems in areas as diverse as nuclear physics, quantam electrodynamics and superconductivity. This biography's publication coincides with the bicentenary of Green's birth.

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Before her death in April 2000, Mary Cannell was serving as Honorary Secretary to the George Green Memorial Fund., a position she had held since 1978. Prior to that, she was Acting Principal of Nottingham College of Education. During her lifetime, she wrote several articles and delivered more than 50 lectures on Green's life and education in Nottingham and Cambridge.

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'Mary Cannell's fascinating life of George Green provides us with clues as to how this miller of Nottingham, with only four terms of schooling, was the first to obtain Gauss's integral theorem. It also leaves many mysteries, such as why Green was quickly forgotten in both Nottingham and Cambridge (thus his essay of 1828 had to be rediscovered by Kelvin) and whether more will ever be learned to explain his scientific work. New material documents the critical role Green's functions continue to play in mathematical physics.' Robert E. O'Malley, Jr, University of Washington

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