TITLE

Cauchy, Augustin Louis

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Cauchy, Augustin Louis (1789-1857), a French mathematician, laid the foundations of the current theory of functions of a complex variable. He also made contributions in areas such as algebra, astronomy, and mechanics. He was the first mathematician to demand a high standard of rigor and offered a rigorous proof to an important theorem of Brook Taylor. Cauchy clarified the principles of calculus by providing the first acceptable definitions of limit and continuity. His comprehensive theory of complex numbers laid a foundation for the study of mathematical physics and aeronautics. He developed 16 fundamental concepts and theorems, more than any other mathematician. He published nearly 800 papers and seven books.
ACCESSION #
37309743

 

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