Mobius and his Band: Mathematics and Astronomy in Nineteenth-century Germany

Hardcover | December 1, 1994

EditorJohn Fauvel, Raymond Flood, Robin Wilson

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August Mobius was one of the nineteenth century's most influential mathematicians and astronomers. Written by six distinguished contributors, this book explores the work of Mobius and his fellow-German scholars, in particular the achievements which act as a mirror for the work being undertakenby his contemporaries around the world. The background to Mobius's life and labours is provided by John Fauvel. Gert Schubring examines the mathematical community in nineteenth-century Germany, while Allan Chapman describes the revolution in astronomy that took place during the period. Jeremy Gray analyses Mobius's contribution togeometrical mechanics and Norman Biggs traces his role in the development of topological ideas. Finally, Ian Stewart explores the legacy Mobius left to mathematics in our own century.

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Most people have heard of the Mobius band. But the work and influence of August Mobius are more far-reaching than a topological toy. For some fifty years of the nineteenth century, August Mobius taught astronomy and researched in mathematics at Leipzig University. During those years, which saw the German nation move towards unification...

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August Mobius was one of the nineteenth century's most influential mathematicians and astronomers. Written by six distinguished contributors, this book explores the work of Mobius and his fellow-German scholars, in particular the achievements which act as a mirror for the work being undertakenby his contemporaries around the world. Th...

John Fauvel, Lecturer in Mathematics, The Open University. Raymond Flood, University Lecturer in Computing and Mathematics, Department for Continuing Education, Oxford University. Robin Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, The Open University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:178 pages, 9.69 × 9.69 × 0.1 inPublished:December 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019853969X

ISBN - 13:9780198539698

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Table of Contents

1. John Fauvel: A Saxon mathematician2. Gert Schubring: The German mathematical community3. Allan Chapman: The astronomical revolution4. Jeremy Gray: Mobius's geometrical mechanics5. Norman Biggs: The development of topology6. Ian Stewart: Mobius's modern legacyReferencesNotes on contributorsPicture creditsIndex

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Most people have heard of the Mobius band. But the work and influence of August Mobius are more far-reaching than a topological toy. For some fifty years of the nineteenth century, August Mobius taught astronomy and researched in mathematics at Leipzig University. During those years, which saw the German nation move towards unification, German mathematics developed into the most powerful and influential in the world and German astronomers became the world leaders. How did this come about? In this fascinating, richly illustrated, and accessible book, leading scholars assess the contribution of Mobius and others of his time to the practice of mathematics and astronomy today. Mobius and his band has been written for all those interested in the historical development of ideas and their legacy, and thus both the general reader and specialists in particular fields will find much of interest.

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`the book is very attractively designed, with many pictures, and written in a lively style, suitable for mathematicians, students and an interested general readership, as well.'Monatsheffe fur Mathematik, vol.121, no.1-2, 1996.