Joseph Fourier: The Man and the Mathematician

  • Elena Prestini
Part of the Applied and Numerical Harmonic Analysis book series (ANHA)


Orphaned when still a child, Joseph Fourier went through the French Revolution, the Napoleonic era, and the following Restoration as a high ranking public servant. He learned on his own “how hard the way up and down another man’s stairs is” 1 by experiencing directly how risky it is to please changing lords such as Robespierre, Napoleon, and King Louis XVIII. He started as a convinced Jacobin, maybe impulsive at the time, and ended up as a cautious liberal.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Prestini
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Rome “Tor Vergata”RomeItaly

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