Dirichlet pp 71-84 | Cite as


  • Uta C. Merzbach


After the announcement of Dirichlet’s engagement “to the rich Mendelssohn,” the recently married mathematician Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi wrote to his parents one must wish that, given a happy domestic condition just as his own, Dirichlet could now settle down to concentrate more fully, as he had been letting his talents lie unused up to then. It was the kind of mixed message that was not so surprising emanating from Jacobi as it might have been coming from another source, since it was not uncommon for Jacobi to voice definite opinions or criticisms which he frequently modified later. The topics usually involved uncertain areas.

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  1. 1.(Deceased)Georgetown, TXUSA

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