Mathematician:Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi

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Prolific Prussian mathematician, now most famous for his work with the elliptic functions.




  • Born: 10 Dec 1804, Potsdam, Prussia (now Germany)
  • Died: 18 Feb 1851, Berlin, Germany

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi can be found here.


  • 1829: Fundamenta nova theoriae functionum ellipticarum
  • 1832: Commentatio de transformatione integralis duplicis indefiniti in formam simpliciorem
  • 1834: De usu legitimo formulae summatoriae Maclaurinianae
  • 1836: Sur le movement d'un point et sur un cas particulier du problème des trois corps (in which the Jacobi Integral is introduced)
  • 1839: Canon arithmeticus
  • 1841: De determinantibus functionalibus (in which the Jacobian is introduced)
  • 1841: Zur combinatorischen Analysis (J. reine angew. Math. Vol. 22: 372 – 374)
  • 1846 - 1857: Opuscula mathematica

Notable Quotes

The sole aim of science is the honor of the human mind,
and from this point of view
a question about numbers
is as important
as a question about the system of the world.
-- Epigraph to 1972: George F. Simmons: Differential Equations

God ever arithmetises. (1936)
-- Quoted in 1937: Eric Temple Bell: Men of Mathematics: They Say: What Say They? : Let Them Say