Thomas William Körner

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Thomas William Körner
Born (1946-02-17) 17 February 1946 (age 77)
Alma materTrinity Hall, University of Cambridge
AwardsSalem Prize (1972)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
ThesisSome Results on Kronecker, Dirichlet and Helson Sets (1971)
Doctoral advisorNicholas Varopoulos

Thomas William Körner (born 17 February 1946) is a British pure mathematician and the author of three books on popular mathematics. He is titular Professor of Fourier Analysis in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. He is the son of the philosopher Stephan Körner and of Edith Körner.

He studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and wrote his PhD thesis Some Results on Kronecker, Dirichlet and Helson Sets there in 1971, studying under Nicholas Varopoulos.[1] In 1972 he won the Salem Prize.[2]

He has written academic mathematics books aimed at undergraduates:

  • Fourier Analysis[3]
  • Exercises for Fourier Analysis
  • A Companion to Analysis
  • Vectors, Pure and Applied
  • Calculus for the Ambitious

He has also written three books aimed at secondary school students, the popular 1996 title The Pleasures of Counting, Naive Decision Making (published 2008) on probability, statistics and game theory, and Where Do Numbers Come From?[4] (published October 2019).

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  1. ^ Thomas William Körner, The Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ The Salem Prize until 2003
  3. ^ Brown, Gavin (1989). "Review: Fourier analysis, by T. W. Körner". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 21 (2): 307–311. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1989-15838-2.
  4. ^ Where Do Numbers Come From?, Cambridge University Press