# Mathematician:Peter Guthrie Tait

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## Mathematician

Scottish mathematical physicist and early pioneer in thermodynamics.

Best known for the mathematical physics textbook *Treatise on Natural Philosophy*, which he co-wrote with Sir William Thomson, later Lord Kelvin.

Also known for his early investigations into knot theory.

## Nationality

Scottish

## History

- Born: 28 April 1831 in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
- 1847: One session at Edinburgh University
- 1848: Went to Peterhouse College, Cambridge
- 1852: Fellow and Lecturer at Peterhouse
- 1854: Professor of Mathematics at Queens College, Belfast
- 1860: Professorship of Natural Philosophy at University of Edinburgh
- Died: 4 July 1901 in Edinburgh, Scotland

## Theorems and Definitions

## Publications

- 1867:
*Treatise on Natural Philosophy*(with Sir William Thomson)

## Notable Quotes

*Even Prof. Gibbs must be ranked as one of the retarders of quaternion progress, in virtue of his pamphlet on**Vector Analysis*, a sort of hermaphrodite monster compounded of the notations of Hamilton and Grassman.- --Preface to third edition of
*Elementary Treatise on Quaternions*

- --Preface to third edition of

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Peter Guthrie Tait": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

- 1921: C.E. Weatherburn:
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