Werke 12 Volume Set in 14 Pieces: Werke: Volume 5 (Cambridge Library Collection - Mathematics)
Cambridge University Press, 2011-01-01
EAN 9781108032278, ISBN10: 1108032273
Paperback, 654 pages, 29.7 x 21 x 3.3 cm
The genius of Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) and the novelty of his work (published in Latin, German, and occasionally French) in areas as diverse as number theory, probability and astronomy were already widely acknowledged during his lifetime. But it took another three generations of mathematicians to reveal the true extent of his output as they studied Gauss' extensive unpublished papers and his voluminous correspondence. This posthumous twelve-volume collection of Gauss' complete works, published between 1863 and 1933, marks the culmination of their efforts and provides a fascinating account of one of the great scientific minds of the nineteenth century. Volume 5, published in 1867, covers Gauss' work on mechanics and geomagnetism. It includes expositions of his principle of least constraint and the theory of capillarity. It also contains book reviews, and a description of the aurora borealis observed in January 1831.