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Lagrange, Joseph Louis
Théorie des fonctions analytiques
l'Imprimerie de la Republique, Paris. First Theory of Functions of a Real Variable Lagrange, Joseph Louis (1736-1813). Théorie des fonctions analytiques, contenant les principes du calcul différentiel. . . . 4to. [4], viii, 276pp. Paris: Imprimérie de la République, An V [1797/98]. 271 x 215 mm. (uncut and partly unopened). Original limp boards, title in ink on spine, minor soiling at foot of spine. Light toning, otherwise a very fine, crisp copy. First Edition, second issue. Lagrange was born in Turin of mixed Italian and French descent, and spent the first 30 years of his life in his native city. He began devoting himself exclusively to mathematics when he was 17; within a year he had published his first mathematical paper and begun a fruitful correspondence with Leonhard Euler, who at the time was working in Berlin as Director of Mathematics at the Berlin Academy. While in Turin Lagrange founded the Turin Academy of Sciences and published a number of papers in its journal; his mathematical work during this time helped to establish the calculus of variations. In 1766, upon Euler's return to St. Petersburg, Lagrange agreed to take over Euler's position at the Berlin Academy. He spent the next twenty years in Berlin where he made a number of fundamental contributions to algebra, number theory and celestial mechanics; during this time he also wrote his landmark Mécanique analytique (1788), which "transformed mechanics into a branch of mathematical analysis" (O'Connor and Robertson). In 1787 Lagrange moved to Paris where he became a member of the French Academy of Sciences; i … [Click Below for Full Description]
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