Dirichlet pp 241-251 | Cite as


  • Uta C. MerzbachEmail author


A week after Dirichlet’s death, the Vossische Zeitung in Berlin published a letter Dirichlet had written to his former students in Berlin three years earlier to thank them for the silver flagon that they had sent him for his first Christmas in Göttingen. As the editors of the paper noted, it had not been publicized before. It is perhaps the longest and most revealing letter that Dirichlet ever wrote about the role of the teacher vis-a-vis his students.

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  1. 1.(Deceased)Georgetown, TXUSA

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