Person: Faber, Georg
Georg Faber was a German mathematician whose most important work was on the polynomial expansion of functions.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Faber's most important work was on the polynomial expansion of functions.
- These polynomials are now known as 'Faber polynomials' and first appear in Faber's 1903 paper Über polynomische Entwickelungen Ⓣ(On polynomial developments) published in Mathematische Annalen.
- Faber was building on the idea of Archimedes who computed approximately using a hierarchy of polygonal approximations of a circle.
- Only in the 1980s was Faber's idea seen to be an important ingredient for the efficient solution of partial differential equations.
- Most of Faber's publications are in function theory.
- One further achievement of Faber is worthy of mention.
- Two mathematicians independently verified Rayleigh's conjecture, Faber and Edgar Krahn.
- Faber was also interested in mathematical education and he worked with his colleague von Dyck at Munich on the mathematical education of engineers, physicists and mathematicians.
- In addition to his research areas, Faber lectured on complex analysis, probability theory, the theory of relativity and analytical mechanics.
- Faber had many interests outside mathematics.
Born 5 April 1877, Kaiserslautern, Germany. Died 7 March 1966, Munich, Germany.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive