Carl Størmer pp 119-127 | Cite as

Mathematical Contributions

  • Alv EgelandEmail author
  • William J. Burke
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 393)


In the field of pure mathematics the University of Kristiania produced two towering giants Niels Henrik Abel (1802–1829) and Sophus Lie (1842–1899) whose original insights continue to impact the study of planetary atmospheres and quantum field theory, respectively. Contributions of the two men still constitute the gold standard against which aspiring Norwegian mathematicians are measured. When Carl Størmer graduated from the Royal Frederik University in 1898 with the highest scores, he received a congratulatory letter from Elling Holst expressing the hope that he would grow to become a new Abel.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Institute for Scientific ResearchBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

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