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Paths of Development in Mathematics and Physics at the time of the French Revolution

Term To Study: Summer 2019
Application Deadline: Dec 01, 2018
Program Starts: Jun 18, 2019
Program Ends: Jul 07, 2019
Program Category: Multi-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $4,000
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Contact Phone: 757-594-8513
Contact Name: Mihaela Dobrescu & David Heddle
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What is Included: Airfare, accommodations, some meals, international health insurance, and group activities
What is not Included: Tuition (3 credits), most meals, travel insurance, and personal expenses
Estimated Costs: 3 credits of CNU tuition - in addition to the program fee
In-State: $1,284
Out of State: $2,841
Program Description

MATH 395 Special Topics OR PHYS 395
Prerequisite: ​Phys 202 and Math 250 or Math 320

When the French Academy of Sciences was shut down by the Revolutionary Convention in 1793, only a few scientists survived, one of whom was Joseph-Louis Lagrange. Together with Euler, Lagrange developed a new calculus, called variational calculus, which not only opened the door for new physics, but it permitted the reformulation of existing theory, such as Newtonian mechanics, in a more elegant manner. Fourier laid the foundations for an extremely rich area of research in mathematics that carries his name, Fourier Analysis. In this seminar, we will follow the paths in the history of mathematics leading to the development of variational calculus, differential equations, and approximation theory based on works of D’Alembert, Euler, Fourier, Lagrange, and Laplace. We will start the course at CNU, continue it in Paris, and complete it in Great Britain, first in Edinburgh and then in Cambridge.

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