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|DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:||http://doi.org/10.1016/j.hm.2009.12.004|
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In 1912 the Finnish mathematical astronomer Karl Sundman published a remarkable solution to the three-body problem, of a type that mathematicians such as PoincarÃ© 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 EncyklopÃ¤die and his design for a calculating machine for astronomy.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2009 Elsevier Inc.|
|Keywords:||Karl Sundman; three-body problem; Ernst Lindelöf; Gösta Mittag-Leffler; Finland|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
|Depositing User:||June Barrow-Green|
|Date Deposited:||28 Jul 2010 11:28|
|Last Modified:||24 Feb 2016 04:13|
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