Andre-louis Cholesky: Mathematician, Topographer and Army Officer by Claude BrezinskiAndre-louis Cholesky: Mathematician, Topographer and Army Officer by Claude Brezinski

Andre-louis Cholesky: Mathematician, Topographer and Army Officer

byClaude Brezinski, Dominique Tourn

Hardcover | August 20, 2014

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This book traces the life of Cholesky (1875-1918), and gives his family history. After an introduction to topography, an English translation of an unpublished paper by him where he explained his method for linear systems is given, studied and replaced in its historical context. His other works, including two books, are also described as well as his involvement in teaching at a superior school by correspondence. The story of this school and its founder, Léon Eyrolles, are addressed. Then, an important unpublished book of Cholesky on graphical calculation is analyzed in detail and compared to similar contemporary publications. The biography of Ernest Benoit, who wrote the first paper where Cholesky´s method is explained, is provided. Various documents, highlighting the life and the personality of Cholesky, end the book.
Claude Brezinski is emeritus professor of numerical analysis at the University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille (Laboratory Paul Painlevé, UMR CNRS 8524), France. His work mainly concerns extrapolation methods, orthogonal polynomials, Padé and rational approximation and numerical linear algebra. He also published several papers an...
Title:Andre-louis Cholesky: Mathematician, Topographer and Army OfficerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:331 pagesPublished:August 20, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319081349

ISBN - 13:9783319081342


Table of Contents

Preface.- Biography of Cholesky.- Cholesky's family.- On topography.- The method of Cholesky for linear systems.- Other works of Cholesky.- Léon Eyrolles and his superior school.- An unpublished book by Cholesky.- Ernest Benoît.- Documents.- Acknowledgments.- Bibliography.- Index.

Editorial Reviews

"The volume represents a valuable contribution to the growing literature on the history of applied and computational mathematics . . the book will be of interest to applied mathematicians with a curiosity about historical matters, and to professional historians of science who specialize in the history of 'practical mathematics,' topography, geodesy, and computing methods." (Michele Benzi, The Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 39, 2017) "A nicely illustrated book, many photographs appear of Cholesky, often in military uniform, his family, colleagues and contemporaries. The topographical terms and techniques are well described . . Cholesky was very practical and resourceful. . A very stimulating and engaging book, a motivation to further research of the techniques considered." (Wallace A. Ferguson, Mathematics Today, Vol. 52 (2), April, 2016)"The book should appreciably widen the exposure of Cholesky's 'remarkable personal achievements in topography and mathematics to a much larger international audience.' The authors succeed very well to reach this aim. . The book is very readable and can be recommended especially to readers with interest in the history of numerical and applied mathematics." (Karl-Heinz Schlote, zbMATH 1320.01002, 2015)