James Joseph Sylvester

1814 - 1897

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J J Sylvester did important work on matrix theory. He discovered the discriminant of a cubic equation and first used the name 'discriminant' for equations of higher order.
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List of References (23 books/articles)

Some Quotations (14)

A Poster of James Joseph Sylvester

Mathematicians born in the same country

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. A comment from Thomas Hirst's diary
  2. Obituary: The Times
  3. Obituary: Scotsman

Honours awarded to James Joseph Sylvester
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Fellow of the Royal Society1839
Royal Society Royal Medal1861
LMS President1866 - 1868
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh1874
Royal Society Copley Medal1880
Savilian Geometry Professor1883
LMS De Morgan Medal1887
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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. NNDB
  3. Amsterdam (Some details of linkages)
  1. A Ranicki (Some quotations and other links)
  2. Mathematical Genealogy Project

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