Émile Léonard Mathieu

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Émile Léonard Mathieu
Born (1835-05-15)15 May 1835
Metz, France
Died 19 October 1890(1890-10-19) (aged 55)
Nancy, France
Residence France
Fields Mathematics

Émile Léonard Mathieu (French: [matjø]; 15 May 1835, Metz – 19 October 1890, Nancy) was a French mathematician.[1] He is most famous for his work in group theory and mathematical physics. He has given his name to the Mathieu functions, Mathieu groups and Mathieu transformation. He authored a treatise of mathematical physics in 6 volumes. Volume 1 is an exposition of the techniques to solve the differential equations of mathematical physics, and contains an account of the applications of Mathieu functions to electrostatics. Volume 2 deals with capillarity. Volumes 3 and 4 with electrostatics and magnetostatics. Volume 5 deals with electrodynamics, and volume 6 with elasticity. The asteroid 27947 Emilemathieu was named in his honour.

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  1. ^ Duhem, P. (1892). "Émile Mathieu, his life and works". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 1 (7): 156–168. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1892-00067-5. MR 1557168. 

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