Carlo Cercignani (June 17, 1939, Teulada – January 7, 2010, Milan) was an Italian mathematician known for his work on the kinetic theory of gases. His contributions to the study of Boltzmann's equation include the proof of the H-theorem for polyatomic gases. The Cercignani conjecture is named after him.
He is the author of several monographs and more than 300 papers in kinetic theory, as well as of a biography of Boltzmann. Cercignani was member of the French Academy of Sciences and of the Accademia dei Lincei. He received the Humboldt Prize in 1994.
- Cercignani, C.; Illner, R.; Pulvirenti, M. (1994). The mathematical theory of dilute gases. Applied Mathematical Sciences 106. New York: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 0-387-94294-7. MR 1307620.
- Cercignani, C. (1988). The Boltzmann equation and its applications. Applied Mathematical Sciences 67. New York: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 0-387-96637-4. MR 1313028.
- Cercignani, C. (1990). Mathematical methods in kinetic theory (2nd ed.). New York: Plenum Press. ISBN 0-306-43460-1. MR 1069558.
History of science
- Cercignani, C. (1998). Ludwig Boltzmann. The man who trusted atoms. With a foreword by Roger Penrose. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-850154-4. MR 1700775.
- Sone, Y. (2011). "A Tribute to Carlo Cercignani (1939–2010)". Phys. Fluids 23 (3). doi:10.1063/1.3558864.
- Frosali, G. "Carlo Cercignani: In memoriam". Nuovo Cimento C 033 (01): 1–2. doi:10.1393/ncc/i2010-10588-x.
- Villani, Cédric (2006). "Introduction for Carlo's special issue". J. Stat. Phys. 124 (2–4): 271–273. MR 2264609.
- Desvillettes, L.; Mouhot, C,; Villani, C. (2011). "Celebrating Cercignani's conjecture for the Boltzmann equation.". Kinet. Relat. Models 4 (1): 277–294. MR 2765747.
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