Edmund Taylor Whittaker

  title={Edmund Taylor Whittaker},
  author={W. H. Mccrea},
  journal={Journal of The London Mathematical Society-second Series},
  • W. Mccrea
  • Published 1 April 1957
  • Mathematics
  • Journal of The London Mathematical Society-second Series
Computation and Applications of Mathieu Functions: A Historical Perspective
This paper surveys and recapitulates the historical development of the theory and methods of computation for Mathieu functions and modified Mathieu function and identifies some gaps in current software capability, particularly to do with double eigenvalues of the Mathieu equation.
‘A man who has infinite capacity for making things go’: Sir Edmund Taylor Whittaker (1873–1956)
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Whittaker’s analytical dynamics: a biography
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A lost chapter in the pre-history of algebraic analysis: Whittaker on contact transformations
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England and Probability in the Inter-War Years
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Hertzian electromagnetic potentials
  • W. Mccrea
  • Geology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 1957
The general properties of the Hertzian electromagnetic potentials and their gauge transformations, recently given by Nisbet, are re-derived in tensor form appropriate to the space-time of special


Whitehead's Collected Essays
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On the Latent Roots of Compound Determinants and Brill's Determinants
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Eddington on the Nature of the World
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Walter William Rouse Ball
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