Henri Poincare: A Biography Through The Daily Papers

Henri Poincare: A Biography Through The Daily Papers

by Jean-marc Ginoux, Christian Gerini

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789814556613
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/11/2013
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Note from the translator xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

List of Figures xxi

The early years 1

1 The Poincaré Family 3

1.1 The Grandfather: Jacques-Nicolas Poincaré 4

1.2 The Uncle: Antoni Poincaré 4

1.3 The Father: Léon Poincaré 6

1.4 Origin of the Name Poincaré 10

2 Childhood and Studies 11

2.1 An Almost Peaceful Golden Childhood 11

2.2 Zero at the Math Test of the Baccalaureate 14

2.3 "Poincarré" at The École Polytechnique 17

2.4 The École Des Mines - The Thesis 22

3 Inspector of Mines in Vesoul 27

The Professor and the Savant 33

4 From the University of Caen to the Sorbonne 35

4.1 The Discovery of the Fuchsian Functions 35

5 From the Sorbonne to the Académie 43

5.1 The Discovery of a Terra Incognita 45

6 The Prize of King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway 51

6.1 Rom Success to Triumph 51

6.2 A Fruitful Mistake 52

6.3 A Secret Not So Well Kept 53

6.4 Winning Recognition 59

The Universal Thinker and The Public Figure 65

7 French Geodesy and the Fight over the Meridian 67

7.1 The Fight over the Meridian 67

7.2 The Geodesic Mission and the French Geodesy 73

8 The Controversy over the Rotation of the Earth 83

8.1 The Origin of the Controversy 84

8.2 Moving the Foucault Pendulum: to the Panthéon 87

8.3 Science and Hypothesis 96

8.4 The Skeptical Polytechnician 97

8.5 Mach's Mechanics 98

8.6 Does the Earth Rotate? 99

9 The Philosophical Work and its Impact 111

9.1 Science and Hypothesis: "Latin without Crying or Greek without Tears" 115

9.2 The Value of Science. The "Strangest Interpretations" 121

9.3 Science and Method: The "Granitic Rationalism" 124

9.4 Last Essays: "A Certain Embarrassment" 131

9.5 Poincarism, Opportunism, Commodism, etc 133

The Committed Man 139

10 The Dreyfus Affair 141

10.1 The First Dreyfus Affair: A Brief Overview 142

10.2 Three Other Trials 145

10.3 The Second Dreyfus Affair: The Rennes Trial and the Intervention of Mathematicians 152

10.4 The Third Trial: "Wise Men in a Shed" 173

11 The Role Model - The Immortal 177

11.1 Poincaré and the End of the World 177

11.2 Poincaré and Science in the Twentieth Century 182

11.3 Poincaré and the Martingale Strategy 183

11.4 Poincaré Cited as a Role Model 186

11.5 Poincaré at the Académie Française 187

11.6 The Price of Immortality 197

11.7 The Reception at the Academy 197

12 Last Commitments, Last Works 201

12.1 The Press and Poincaré's Lectures at the Faculty of Science 203

12.2 Defense of the Humanities 204

12.3 The New Mechanics 211

12.4 An Educational Commitment: "What Things Say" 212

13 To Conclude: the Poet of Mathematics 217

Bibliography 227

Name Index 235

Subject Index 237

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