Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi

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Karl Gustav Jacob Jacobi

Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi (December 10, 1804February 18, 1851), widely known as Gustav Jacobi, was a German mathematician.


  • [J]eder Fortschritt in der Theorie der partiellen Differentialgleichungen auch einen Fortschritt in der Mechanik herbeiführen muss.
    • Any progress in the theory of partial differential equations must also bring about a progress in Mechanics.
    • Vorlesungen über Dynamik [Lectures on Dynamics] (1842/3; publ. 1884).
  • Wherever Mathematics is mixed up with anything, which is outside its field, you will find attempts to demonstrate these merely conventional propositions a priori, and it will be your task to find out the false deduction in each case.
    • Vorlesungen über analytische Mechanik [Lectures on Analytical Mechanics] (1847/48; edited by Helmut Pulte in 1996).

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