Mathematician:James P. Pierpont

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American mathematician working first in Galois theory, and then in real and complex analysis.




  • Born: 16 June 1866 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA
  • Died: 9 December 1938 in San Mateo, California, USA

Theorems and Definitions


  • 1894: Zur Geschichte der Gleichung fünften Grades bis zum Jahre 1858
  • 1898: Early history of Galois' theory of equations (Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. Vol. 4no. 7: 332 – 340)
  • 1900: Mathematical instruction in France (Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. Vol. 6no. 6: 225 – 249)
  • 1904: The history of mathematics in the nineteenth century (Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. Vol. 11no. 3: 136 – 159)
  • 1905: Lectures On The Theory Of Functions Of Real Variables Vol. I
  • 1912: Lectures On The Theory Of Functions Of Real Variables Vol. II
  • 1914: Functions of a Complex Variable
  • 1926: Some modern views of space (the Gibbs lecture for 1925) (Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. Vol. 32no. 3: 225 – 258)
  • 1928: Mathematical rigor, past and present (Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. Vol. 34no. 1: 23 – 52)
  • 1930: Non-euclidean geometry, a retrospect (Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. Vol. 36no. 2: 66 – 76)

Notable Quotes

The notion of infinity is our greatest friend; it is also the greatest enemy of our peace of mind ... Weierstrass taught us to believe that we had at last thoroughly tamed and domesticated this unruly element. Such however is not the case; it has broken loose again. Hilbert and Brouwer have set out to tame it once more. For how long? We wonder. (1928)
-- Quoted in 1937: Eric Temple Bell: Men of Mathematics: They Say: What Say They? : Let Them Say