Riemann and Dirichlet

  • Michael Monastyrsky
Part of the Modern Birkhäuser Classics book series (MBC)


Riemann’s scholarly achievements were greeted rather coolly by his colleagues and, more importantly, by the university administration. The successor of Gauss (who had died in 1855) was Riemann’s old friend Dirichlet. It was Dirichlet who, with great difficulty, succeeded in obtaining a small paid post in the department for Riemann. Not until November of 1857 did Riemann obtain the position of assistant professor. The years of Riemann’s collaboration with Dirichlet (1855–1859) were by far his most productive. Illness had not yet undermined his strength, and the opportunity to pursue his own investigations was all that Riemann required for complete happiness.


Riemann Surface Multivalued Function Algebraic Function Equipotential Line Abelian Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Monastyrsky
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  1. 1.Department of Theoretical PhysicsInsitute for Theoretical and Experimental PhysicsMoscowRussia

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