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THE MATHEMATICAL GAZETTE

THE MATHEMATICAL GAZETTE REVIEWS 173 well-written book with good illustrations could have presented these ideas far more effectively. MICHAEL FOX 2 Learn Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 3PA e-mail: mdfox@foxleam.freesereve.co.uk Linear differential equations and group theory: from Riemann to Poincare (2ndedn), by Jeremy J. Gray. Pp. 338. SFr 128. 2000. ISBN 0 8176 3837 7 (Birkhauser). The first edition was published in 1986 and was based on the author's PhD studies. The second edition contains new material ('new' meaning the inclusion of an assessment of material published 1850-1900) to take into account a gap in the earlier edition. This is not history as pure history, because the author relates the old theory with recent pure mathematical research of our time. If you want to know what mathematicians like Gauss, Euler and Dirichlet were doing, with the story told in terms of the technical development, this book could be for you. It fills in many historical gaps, in a story which is largely unknown. The book begins with the second order differential equation *(1 - x)^z + (c - (a + b + \))x^- - aby = 0 (1) dx dx which Gauss made the subject of his researches in 1812. This equation http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Mathematical Gazette Cambridge University Press

THE MATHEMATICAL GAZETTE

The Mathematical Gazette , Volume 86 (505): 2 – Aug 1, 2016

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Cambridge University Press
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Copyright © The Mathematical Association 2002
ISSN
2056-6328
eISSN
0025-5572
DOI
10.2307/3621622
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REVIEWS 173 well-written book with good illustrations could have presented these ideas far more effectively. MICHAEL FOX 2 Learn Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 3PA e-mail: mdfox@foxleam.freesereve.co.uk Linear differential equations and group theory: from Riemann to Poincare (2ndedn), by Jeremy J. Gray. Pp. 338. SFr 128. 2000. ISBN 0 8176 3837 7 (Birkhauser). The first edition was published in 1986 and was based on the author's PhD studies. The second edition contains new material ('new' meaning the inclusion of an assessment of material published 1850-1900) to take into account a gap in the earlier edition. This is not history as pure history, because the author relates the old theory with recent pure mathematical research of our time. If you want to know what mathematicians like Gauss, Euler and Dirichlet were doing, with the story told in terms of the technical development, this book could be for you. It fills in many historical gaps, in a story which is largely unknown. The book begins with the second order differential equation *(1 - x)^z + (c - (a + b + \))x^- - aby = 0 (1) dx dx which Gauss made the subject of his researches in 1812. This equation

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