Full Professor in Göttingen

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


On May 5,1859 Dirichlet died after a serious illness. The government no longer wavered in its choice of a successor. On July 30 of that year Riemann was made a full professor of Göttingen University. From that time on he occupied the chair earlier graced by Gauss and Dirichlet.


Shock Wave Full Professor Riemann Hypothesis Abelian Function French Mathematician 
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    Indirect, but rather convincing evidence for this assertion is given in the book of Edwards (Ed- wards, H.M. Riemann’s Zeta Function, New York: Academic Press, 1974). Besides Riemann’s close association with Dirichlet, who in turn was personally acquainted with Chebyshev and met him during Chebyshev’s visit to Germany in 1852, it turns out that shortly after the publication of his famous papers Chebyshev’s name appeared in Riemann’s notebooks, which are preserved in the library of the University of Göttingen. A facsimile of the corresponding pages of Riemann’s manuscript is printed in the book of Edwards.Google Scholar
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    Klein, F. Development of Mathematics, p. 237.Google Scholar
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    Riemann, B. Gesammelte Mathematische Werke, p. 176.Google Scholar
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    Ibid, p. 182.Google Scholar
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    The Cassinis were a family of French astronomers. The most famous were Gian Domenico (1625–1712), Jacques (1677–1756, son of Gian Domenico), and César François (1714–1784, grandson of Gian Domenico).Google Scholar
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    Todhunter, I. History of the Mathematical Theories of Attraction and the Figure of the Earth from the Time of Newton to that of Laplace, London: Constable, 1873. Reprinted by Dover, New York, 1962.Google Scholar
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    Quoted in Chandrasekhar, S. Ellipsoidal Figures of Equilibrium, New York: Yale University Press, 1969.Google Scholar

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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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