Our Daily Story #8: The Rigorous Mathematician with epsilon-delta

Math Online Tom Circle

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http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustin-Louis_Cauchy

We mentioned Augustin Louis Cauchy in the tragic stories of Galois and Abel. Had Cauchy been more generous and kind enough to submit the two young mathematicians’ papers to the French Academy of Sciences, their fates would have been different and they would not have died so young.

Cauchy was excellent in language. He was the 2nd most prolific writer (of Math papers) after Euler in history. When he was a math prodigy, his neighbor — the great French mathematician and scientist Pierre-Simon Laplace — advised Cauchy’s father to focus the boy on language before touching mathematics. (Teachers / Parents take note of the importance of language in Math education.)

Cauchy’s language education made him very rigorous in micro-details. This was the man who developed the most rigorous epsilon-delta Advanced Calculus (called Analysis) after Newton / Lebniz had invented the non-rigorous Calculus (why?).

Rigorous epsilon-delta…

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