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Korteweg, de Vries, and Dutch Science at the Turn of the Century

  • A. J. Kox


The equation that is now known as the Korteweg—de Vries equation first appeared in the doctoral dissertation of D. J. Korteweg’s student Gustav de Vries, which was defended on 1 December 1894 at the Amsterdam University [1]. That the centenary of the equation is nevertheless celebrated in 1995, instead of in 1994, has a good reason: the work of Korteweg and de Vries became internationally known through a joint paper they published in May 1895 [2].


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  1. 1.
    de Vries, G.: Bijdrage tot de kennisder lange golven, Loosjes,Haarlem, 1894.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Korteweg, D. J. and de Vries,G.: On the change of form of long waves advancing in arectangular canal, and on a new type of long stationary waves, Philosophical Magazine 39(1895), 422–443.zbMATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Willink, B.: Origins of the Second Golden Age of Dutch science after 1860: Intended andunintended consequences of educational reform, Social Studies of Science 21(1991), 503–526.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Korteweg, D.J.: Over voortplantings-snelheid van golven in elastische buizen,Van Doesburgh,Leiden, 1878.Google Scholar
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    Korteweg, D.J.: De wiskundeals hulpwetenschap, VanHeteren, Amsterdam, 1881.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Kox
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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