Earl D. Rainville

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Professor Earl David Rainville (1907 – 1966) taught in the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Michigan, where he began as an assistant professor in 1941.[1] He studied at the University of Colorado,[2] receiving his B.A. there in 1930 before going on to graduate studies at Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. in 1939 under the supervision of Ruel Churchill.[3] He died on April 29, 1966.[4]

He was the author of several textbooks.

Books[edit]

  • Linear Differential Invariance Under an Operator Related to the Laplace Transformation, Univ. of Michigan, 1940, reprinted from American Journal of Mathematics, vol. 62. (Rainville's Ph.D. thesis.)
  • Intermediate Course in Differential Equations, Chapman & Hall, 1943.
  • Analytic Geometry, with Clyde E. Love, Macmillan, 1955.
  • Special Functions, Macmillan, 1960.[5]
  • Unified Calculus and Analytic Geometry, Macmillan, 1961.
  • Differential and Integral Calculus, with Clyde E. Love, Macmillan, 1962.
  • Laplace Transform: An Introduction, 1963.
  • Intermediate Differential Equations, Macmillan, 1964.
  • Infinite Series, Macmillan, 1967.
  • Elementary Differential Equations, with Phillip E. Bedient, Macmillan, 1969. Eighth edition published by Prentice Hall, 1997, ISBN 0-13-508011-8.
  • A Short Course in Differential Equations, with Phillip E. Bedient, Macmillan, 1969.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notes", Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 47 (11), 1941: 850–855, doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1941-07553-1 .
  2. ^ Louise Johnson Rosenbaum, Biographies of Women Mathematicians. Rainville is briefly mentioned as one of Rosenbaum's contemporaries at Colorado.
  3. ^ Earl D. Rainville at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  4. ^ "News and Notices", American Mathematical Monthly 73 (10), 1966: 1147–1148, ISSN 0002-9890 .
  5. ^ Sheffer, I. M. (1960). "Review: Earl D. Rainville, Special functions". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 66 (6): 482–483. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1960-10507-1.