Whittaker’s analytical dynamics: a biography

  title={Whittaker’s analytical dynamics: a biography},
  author={Severino Collier Coutinho},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  • S. C. Coutinho
  • Published 1 May 2014
  • Philosophy
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Originally published in 1904, Whittaker’s A Treatise on the Analytical Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies soon became a classic of the subject and has remained in print for most of these 108 years. In this paper, we follow the book as it develops from a report that Whittaker wrote for the British Society for the Advancement of Science to its influence on Dirac’s version of quantum mechanics in the 1920s and beyond. 


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