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FELLOW AND TUTOR 0F GONVILLE AND CAIUS COLLEGE.

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MACMILLAN AND CO.

1871.

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PREFACE.

-HAVING been requested by the Master and Fellows of

Gonville and Caius College to superintend an edition of the mathematical writings of the late George Green, I have fulfilled the task to the best of my ability. The publication may be

opportune at present, as several of the subjects with which they

are directly or indirectly concerned, have recently been introduced into the course of mathematical study at Cambridge. They have also an interest as being the work of an almost entirely self-taught mathematical genius.

George Green was born at Sneinton, near Nottingham, in 1793. He commenced residence at Gonville and Caius College, in October, 1833, and in January, 1837, took his degree of Bachelor of Arts as Fourth Wrangler. It is hardly necessary to say that this position, distinguished as it was, most inadequately represented his mathematical power. He laboured under the double disadvantage of advanced age, and of inability to submit entirely to the course of systematic training needed for the highest places in the Tripos. He was elected to a fellowship of his College in 1839, but did not long enjoy this position, as he died in 184d. The contents of the following pages will sufliciently shew the heavy loss which the scientific world sustained by his premature death.

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