id: 06474275
dt: a
an: 2015e.00036
au: Bekken, Otto B.
ti: Wessel on vectors.
so: Swetz, Frank (ed.) et al., Learn from the masters. Proceedings of the
international conference/workshop on the history of mathematics, held
in Kristiansand, Norway, August of 1988. Providence, RI: Mathematical
Association of America (ISBN 0-88385-703-0/pbk). Classr. Resour.
Mater., 207-213 (1995).
py: 1995
pu: Providence, RI: Mathematical Association of America
la: EN
cc: A30 H65 H45 F55
ut: history of mathematics; university teaching; genetic method; vectors;
vector analysis; vector algebra; mathematicians; mathematics in the
18th century; mathematics in the 19th century; complex numbers;
quaternions; Caspar Wessel
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ab: Summary: The author reviews the work of the Norwegian Caspar Wessel who
provided a graphical meaning to the concept of vectors in two
dimensions and attempted to extend it to three dimensions. The
authorâ€™s historical comments on vectors reflect on both mathematics
and physics teaching.
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