Dirichlet's Principle (Harmonic Functions)/Historical Note

From ProofWiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Historical Note on Dirichlet's Principle

Dirichlet's principle was based on work done by Carl Friedrich Gauss during the course of his investigations into electromagnetism.

Riemann used this principle to good effect, and it was he who named it for Dirichlet.

It was finally proved by David Hilbert in $1899$.