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

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9780898714630: George Green: Mathematician and Physicist 1793-1841: The Background to His Life and Work

Mathematicians and lay people alike will enjoy this fascinating book that details the life of George Green, a pioneer in the application of mathematics to physical problems. Green was a mathematical physicist who spent most of the first 40 years of his life working not as a physicist but as a miller in his father's grain mill. Green received only four terms of formal schooling, and at the age of nine he had surpassed his teachers. Green studied mathematics in his spare time and in 1828 published his most famous work, An Essay on the Application of Mathematical Analysis to the Theories of Electricity and Magnetism. It was in this essay that the famous Green's Theorem and Green's functions first appeared. Although this work was largely ignored during his lifetime, it is now considered of major importance in modern physics.

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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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