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GEORGE GREEN.

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GEORGE GREEN,
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FELLOW OF GONV1LLK AND CAIUS COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

EDITED BY
N. M. FERRERS, M.A.,

FELLOW AND TUTOI1 OF GONVII.LE AND CAIUS COLLEGE.

FACSIMILE REPRINT

PARIS

LIBRA1RIE SCIENTIFIQUE A. HERMANN

LIBRAIHE DE S. M. LE ROl DE SUEDE ET DK NOHWKOE

6 et 12, Rue de la Sorbonne, 6 et 12

1903

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, fhey 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 1841. The contents of the following pages will sufficiently shew the heavy loss which the scientific world sustained by his premature death.

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