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A Source Book in Classical Analysis

A Source Book in Classical Analysis

Edited by Garrett Birkhoff

ISBN 9780674822450

Publication date: 01/01/1973

An understanding of the developments in classical analysis during the nineteenth century is vital to a full appreciation of the history of twentieth-century mathematical thought. It was during the nineteenth century that the diverse mathematical formulae of the eighteenth century were systematized and the properties of functions of real and complex variables clearly distinguished; and it was then that the calculus matured into the rigorous discipline of today, becoming in the process a dominant influence on mathematics and mathematical physics.

This Source Book, a sequel to D. J. Struik’s Source Book in Mathematics, 1200–1800, draws together more than eighty selections from the writings of the most influential mathematicians of the period. Thirteen chapters, each with an introduction by the editor, highlight the major developments in mathematical thinking over the century. All material is in English, and great care has been taken to maintain a high standard of accuracy both in translation and in transcription. Of particular value to historians and philosophers of science, the Source Book should serve as a vital reference to anyone seeking to understand the roots of twentieth-century mathematical thought.


  • Garrett Birkhoff was George Putnam Professor of Pure and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University and the author of a number of well-known books on mathematics and its applications.

Book Details

  • 486 pages
  • 7 x 10 inches
  • Harvard University Press