William Clifford (18451879) was an important
mathematician of his day. He is most remembered today for his invention of
Clifford algebras, which are fundamental in modern differential geometry and
mathematical physics. His ideas on the connection between energy and matter and
the curvature of space were important in the eventual formulation of general
relativity. Clifford was particularly interested in nonEuclidean geometry.
However, in his relatively brief career, he made contributions to diverse fields
of mathematics: elliptic functions, Riemann surfaces, biquaternions, motion in
Euclidean and nonEuclidean space, spaces of constant curvature, syzygies, and
so on. He was also wellknown as a teacher and for his ideas on the philosophy
of science. This work covers the life and mathematical work of Clifford, from
his early education at Templeton (Exeter) to King's College (London), to Trinity
(Cambridge) and ultimately to his professorship at University College
(London)a post which he occupied until the time of his death. Tucker discusses
Clifford's Fellowship at the Royal Society and his Council post at the London
Mathematical Society.
Mathematical Papers by William Kingdon Clifford
by Robert Tucker. Oxford University Press.
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