Person: Tannery (2), Jules
Jules Tannery was a French mathematician whose main contributions were to the history and philosophy of mathematics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Delphin Tannery's job with the railways involved him moving around the country depending on where railways were being constructed.
- At Caen Jules proved himself to be a truly outstanding pupil, winning prizes and delighting his parents who were very keen to see their sons achieve great things with their education.
- Completing his secondary education in 1866, Tannery sat the entrance examinations in science for both the École Normale Supérieur and the École Polytechnique.
- Graduating in 1869 and placed top of among all the graduates in that year, Tannery became a mathematics teacher at the Lycée in Rennes, then in 1871 he moved to teach the Lycée at Caen.
- Lucretius's ideas on ethical and logical doctrines caused Tannery to undergo a religious crisis as he found himself drawn towards the philosophy of this pagan writer.
- In 1872 Tannery returned to Paris and began teaching at the École Normale Supérieur.
- Tannery was an outstanding teacher of mathematics and he taught at a number of different establishments.
- Tannery played an important role in the pedagogical reforms in France at the beginning of the twentieth century.
- Tannery worked on Galois' notes and letters.
- Jules made an eloquent speech of dedication.
- It is worth noting that Tannery had been an editor of the Bulletin des Sciences Mathématiques since 1876 and he continued in that role until his death.
- Tannery made an impressive contribution to the Bulletin, writing large numbers of reviews.
- Jules's philosophy ...
Born 24 March 1848, Mantes-sur-Seine, France. Died 11 December 1910, Paris, France.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive