Mathematician:William Rowan Hamilton

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Mathematician

Irish mathematician and physicist famous (among other things) for:

Coined the term associative in about 1844.


Nationality

Irish, although at that time Ireland was politically part of Great Britain.


History

  • Born: 4 Aug 1805, Dublin, Ireland
  • Died: 2 Sept 1865, Dublin, Ireland


Theorems and Definitions

Results named for William Rowan Hamilton can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for William Rowan Hamilton can be found here.


Publications

  • 1826: Theory of Systems of Rays
  • 1834: On a General Method in Dynamics
  • 1835: Algebra as the Science of Pure Time
  • 16 October 1843: $i^2 = j^2 = k^2 = i j k = -1$ (in the stone of Brougham Bridge)
  • 1853: Lectures on Quaternions
  • Elements of Quaternions (posthumous)


Sources