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The dramatic episode of Sundman

Barrow-Green, June (2010). The dramatic episode of Sundman. Historia Mathematica, 37(2) pp. 164–203.

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Abstract

In 1912 the Finnish mathematical astronomer Karl Sundman published a remarkable solution to the three-body problem, of a type that mathematicians such as Poincaré had believed impossible to achieve. Although lauded at the time, the result dimmed from view as the 20th century progressed and its significance was often overlooked. This article traces Sundman's career and the path to his achievement, bringing to light the involvement of Ernst Lindelöf and Gösta Mittag-Leffler in Sundman's research and professional development, and including an examination of the reception over time of Sundman's result. A broader perspective on Sundman's research is provided by short discussions of two of Sundman's later papers: his contribution to Klein's Encyklopädie and his design for a calculating machine for astronomy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Elsevier Inc.
ISSN: 0315-0860
Keywords: Karl Sundman; three-body problem; Ernst Lindelöf; Gösta Mittag-Leffler; Finland
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 22440
Depositing User: June Barrow-Green
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2010 11:28
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2016 07:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/22440
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