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Model and Mathematics: From the 19th to the 21st CenturyModels from the Nineteenth Century Used for Visualizing Optical Phenomena and Line Geometry

Model and Mathematics: From the 19th to the 21st Century: Models from the Nineteenth Century Used... Models from the Nineteenth Century Used for Visualizing Optical Phenomena and Line Geometry David E. Rowe Introduction In 1891, one year after the founding of the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV), the Munich mathematician Walther Dyck faced a daunting challenge. Dyck was eager to play an active role in DMV affairs, just as he had since 1884 as professor at Munich’s Technische Hochschule. Thus, he agreed, at first happily, to organize an exhibition of mathematical models and instruments for the forthcoming annual meeting of the DMV to be held in Nuremberg. Dyck’s plan was exceptionally ambitious, though he encountered many problems along the way. He hoped to obtain support for a truly international exhibition, drawing on work by model-makers in France, Russia, Great Britain, Switzerland, and of course throughout Germany. Most of these countries, however, were only mod- estly represented in the end, with the notable exception of the British. Dyck had to arrange for finding adequate space in Nuremberg for the exhibition, paying for the transportation costs, and no doubt most time consuming of all, he had to edit single handedly the extensive exhibition catalog in time for the opening. At the last moment, however, a cholera epidemic broke out http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Model and Mathematics: From the 19th to the 21st CenturyModels from the Nineteenth Century Used for Visualizing Optical Phenomena and Line Geometry

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Editors: Friedman, Michael; Krauthausen, Karin

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Springer International Publishing
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© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022. This an Open Access book.
ISBN
978-3-030-97832-7
Pages
177 –202
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-97833-4_4
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Models from the Nineteenth Century Used for Visualizing Optical Phenomena and Line Geometry David E. Rowe Introduction In 1891, one year after the founding of the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV), the Munich mathematician Walther Dyck faced a daunting challenge. Dyck was eager to play an active role in DMV affairs, just as he had since 1884 as professor at Munich’s Technische Hochschule. Thus, he agreed, at first happily, to organize an exhibition of mathematical models and instruments for the forthcoming annual meeting of the DMV to be held in Nuremberg. Dyck’s plan was exceptionally ambitious, though he encountered many problems along the way. He hoped to obtain support for a truly international exhibition, drawing on work by model-makers in France, Russia, Great Britain, Switzerland, and of course throughout Germany. Most of these countries, however, were only mod- estly represented in the end, with the notable exception of the British. Dyck had to arrange for finding adequate space in Nuremberg for the exhibition, paying for the transportation costs, and no doubt most time consuming of all, he had to edit single handedly the extensive exhibition catalog in time for the opening. At the last moment, however, a cholera epidemic broke out

Published: Aug 9, 2022

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