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By Ferdinand Verhulst

The e-book describes the lifetime of Henri Poincaré, his paintings type and intimately so much of his specific achievements in arithmetic and physics. except biographical info, realization is given to Poincaré's contributions to automorphic capabilities, differential equations and dynamical platforms, celestial mechanics, mathematical physics particularly the idea of the electron and relativity, topology (analysis situs). A bankruptcy on philosophy explains Poincaré's conventionalism in arithmetic and his view of conventionalism in physics; the latter has a truly diversified personality. within the foundations of arithmetic his place is among intuitionism and axiomatics.

One of the needs of the publication is to teach how Poincaré reached his essentially new ends up in many various fields, how he inspiration and the way one should still learn him. one of many new facets is the outline of 2 huge fields of his realization: dynamical structures as offered in his ebook on `new tools for celestial mechanics' and his theoretical physics papers. while will probably be made transparent how research and geometry are intertwined in Poincaré's considering and work.In dynamical structures this turns into transparent in his description of invariant manifolds, his organization of differential equation circulation with mappings and his fastened issues conception.

There is not any similar publication on Poincaré, providing this kind of quite entire imaginative and prescient of his existence and achievements. There exist a few older biographies within the French language, yet they pay purely limited recognition to his genuine paintings. The reader can receive from this booklet many insights within the operating of a really unique brain whereas while studying approximately basic effects for contemporary science

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The University of Caen was founded in 1432 and was at that time located in the Saint-Sauveur quarter. The buildings were destroyed by Allied bombardment on July 7, 1944, along with most of the old city Considering the array of exciting ideas that Poincar´e would publish in his memoir [Poincar´e 1881] and a little bit later on Fuchsian functions, this preoccupation is understandable. In his memoir, Poincar´e developed the qualitative theory of ordinary differential equations as we know it today, that is, the classification and nomenclature of the singular points—now usually called critical points—node, focus, saddle, and centre point; the notion of the map of a transversal into itself (Poincar´e map); and the concept of limit cycle, which was formulated later as the Poincar´e–Bendixson theory.

In an extensive report, he described the ventilation and gallery system of the mine, suggesting as a possible cause of the explosion a perforated safety lamp that had been found (the light necessary for the work of breaking the coal loose from the coal seam was provided by safety lamps; there was of course no electricity). F. 1007/978-1-4614-2407-9 3, © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012 31 32 3 Impressive Results in Vesoul and Caen Fig. 1 The Magny mine in Ronchamp, near Vesoul, where an explosion took place in 1879.

Bonnefoy and Petitdidier also became mining engineers. They died in their late twenties from accidents that occurred in the course of their duties. Henri’s activities in Vesoul were short-lived. In December 1879, he was appointed to a lectureship of mathematics at the Facult´e des Sciences of Caen, in Normandy. Formally, he remained his whole life a member of the corps of mining engineers. On June 16, 1910, he was appointed inspector-general of mines, in this case most likely an honorary title.

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